The family of a 37-year-old mentally ill inmate, who died last year after being repeatedly stunned by a Taser has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
The Fairfax County jail guards were trying to transfer Natasha McKenna to another facility when she confronted them. The guards stunned her four times by a Taser while she was still partially restrained.
McKenna’s family is seeking $15 million in damages.
In what is being termed as the largest wrongful death civil rights settlement in California history, the defendants and the prosecutors in Martin Harrison case have agreed to a payout of $8.3 million dollars.
In 2010, Martin Harrison was held on a DUI charge at Santa Rita Jail. He died after a confrontation with the deputies, while he was in alcohol withdrawal.
According to Attorney Julia Sherwin, a Licensed Vocational Nurse decided that he was not at risk of going in alcohol withdrawal even though Harrison had told the nurse “I drink every day.”
Recently, both parties have agreed on a settlement according to which, Alameda County and Corizon Correction Healthcare will pay $8.3 million to Harrison’s 4 adult children.