Last Saturday the audio tapes in the death of 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen were released, and they prove that police assaulted her, then left her for dead.
Responders started CPR on Gynnya McMillen a full 11 minutes after she was found dead. During those 11 minutes, deputies working at Kentucky’s Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center did nothing to help her. Even though all had been trained and tested on performing CPR, not one of them stepped in to attempt it.
A spokesperson for the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice confirmed to us on Friday that one of the deputies used the “Aikido restraint” on McMillen, after she refused to take her shirt off.
Spokesperson Stacy Floden said on Friday that, “the purpose of having multiple staff involved in a controlled restraint is to ensure the safety of the youth and staff.”
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Recordings released Saturday reveal the following, transcribed by local CBS News:
About 1 ½ minutes later, the emergency dispatcher asked a Lincoln Village nurse if CPR was being performed.
“No it’s not,” the nurse said.
“They want us to start CPR,” she can then be heard saying to someone at the facility.
“Do y’all have a CPR protocol or do y’all need it?” the dispatcher asked about 10 seconds later.
“I’m new, I can find out, I don’t know,” the nurse replied.
The fiancé of Gynnya’s brother, Dana McDuffie, told reporters that officials at the center had a “duty to serve and perform.”
“You start CPR. It doesn’t take 11 minutes to assess whether one is breathing or not,” McDuffie said.
Take a listen below…
Juvenile justice expert Michele Deitch criticized the deputy’s decision to use the martial arts move on the 16-year-old child – particularly given the fact that she was not being violent herself.
“I’ve never heard that phrase used in the context of a corrections setting,” Deitch said, CBS News reported, adding that in her opinion, refusal to remove a sweatshirt is not acceptable grounds for restraint.
“As far as I’m concerned that is a completely inappropriate use of a restraint,” Deitch added. “This goes back to not being so punitive with kids. That’s not just how you interact if you want to achieve a positive social response.”
There is apparently additional footage from Gynnya’s cellphone, that has been turned over to investigators.
(Article by M. David and S. Wooten)