Natasha McKenna

The tragic and needless deaths of these women have raised questions around the country about whether police officers should
Natasha McKenna called the police to report an assault and then died at their hands. Her last words before she was restrained were, "you promised me you wouldn't kill me." That promise was broken. Natasha McKenna's family, her 7-year-old daughter, and many victims like her, deserve better.
February 8 marks the one-year anniversary of McKenna's death. Now is the time for journalists who were missing a year ago to shed light on the circumstances surrounding McKenna's death. This date is an opening for activists across the country to take to the streets and march for justice for Natasha McKenna just as they have for Black men.
We need to do better for people we incarcerate -- especially those with mental health disabilities who we shouldn't be incarcerating in the first place.
Sandra Bland's family has filed a wrongful death suit, but the Department of Justice should conduct an independent investigation into Bland's death and an independent prosecutor should handle the case
The mentally ill woman died in February after deputies in a Virginia jail used a stun gun on her.
It is terrifying to consider that it takes the body of a black woman hanging dead in a jail cell -- over a traffic violation no less -- to finally get national attention on the issue of racist, police brutality against us.
It will be two years now since the last time I posted an article, two years since the last time I wrote something for myself.
On the eve of the 150th anniversary of Juneteenth, the day commemorated for having the last enslaved Blacks freed in America, it's time we seriously address the vitriolic legacies of white supremacy.
You won't be here for years and years, if ever at all. But I wanted you to have this, to know that you are not alone, and that you have an obligation to the black women who have been silenced to continue their work.
Not too long ago, Mr. Brown, you were in a similar place as Ms. Ayeb when the media aimed to make you feel ashamed and small, so I'm sure you can understand when I say to you that your remarks on TMZ were damaging, ignorant and unnecessarily part of this unhealthy cycle of mocking the mentally ill.
This Mother's Day feels different. Ominous somehow and heavy with sorrow. It seems wrong to celebrate when so many mothers are in pain. Whether weeping over the unarmed, and largely ignored, corpses of their daughters slain by police.
The way we fail to treat children and adults with mental illness in this country is what is really crazy. It's also expensive, not only in financial terms, but also in lives lost, in dreams shattered. Dr. Oz could rebuild his credibility by focusing his attention on this public health crisis, by providing help -- and hope -- to millions.
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No one can deny black men's vulnerability in this society and the recent killings of Walter Scott and Eric Harris are painful reminders, but the fact is black women suffer the same injustices. Silence in mainstream and black America is the only reason why it isn't widely acknowledged.
Shortly afterwards, McKenna, experienced a "medical emergency." She was transferred to a hospital and put on life support