Kentucky Police Restrained Teen With Martial Arts Before Her Death
New details have been added in the case of Gynnya McMillen, a Kentucky teen in police custody who died with no cause earlier this month. On January 10, McMillen was booked for a domestic dispute and refused to take off her sweat shirt. According to WDRB, that’s when police used a Martial arts technique called Aikido to restrain her. Stacy Floden, a spokeswoman for the Department of Juvenile Justice said “The youth’s repeated refusal to cooperate with staff and remove her outer garment prompted the restraint” and described the martial arts move as “immobilizing”.
The spokeswoman also said they approached Gynnya’s cell three separate times and she didn’t respond. Staff checked once to see if she wanted breakfast and twice to see if she wanted to accept a phone call all before 9 a.m., the day after she as booked. Finally staff members who were supposed to take her to her court appearance at 9:55 a.m. discovered the teen wasn’t breathing.
The details about using a martial arts restraint on the teen weren’t included in the investigation until after her family started a campaign for justice. SMH, we hope they get closure.