Gynnya McMillen found dead in juvenile center Gynnya McMillen found dead in juvenile center
Gynnya McMillen found dead in juvenile center
Facebook

16-Year-Old Gynnya McMillen Found Dead In Kentucky Juvenile Detention Center

Details remain slim after the teenager was found unresponsive in police custody.

Questions loom after the death of 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen, who was found unresponsive at the Lincoln Valley Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Elizabeth, Ky. on Jan. 11, CBS News reports. According to Hardin County Coroner William Lee, Jr., no physical evidence of her cause of death was clear when she was found. She was also reported as likely having no heart ailments. Authorities have released very few details on the case.

In response to the lack of information, someone identified as McMillen’s sister has begun a Facebook page to demand answers. "My 16yr old sister died in custody of a detention center but they're not giving out any info on how she was found and they're saying (her) autopsy shows no cause of death,” one post reads. According to the page, the family has also begun a GoFundMe campaign to “not only bring Gynnya's case to justice but to also raise awareness” to the treatments inmates endure from the justice systems all around the world.

According to the New York Daily News, an anonymous former employee of the Lincoln Valley Regional Juvenile Detention Center stated that McMillen entered the facility less that 24 hours before she was found dead. Though it is not known where McMillen was found, the source noted that if she was found in a holding cell, “something would be seriously wrong.” Cameras are in each holding cell, officers are required to check on the children every 15 minutes, and children are not usually held in the cells overnight.

Information regarding McMillen’s reason for being in the detention center has not been publicized. Karen Whaley, a counselor at Louisville family support agency Home of the Innocents told CBS News that McMillen was a "quiet, beautiful person."

"Gynnya stayed to herself a whole lot," Whaley said. "She didn't bother anyone, she didn't disturb anyone and didn't kick up any fuss."

Stacy Floden, a spokeswoman for Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, states that the juvenile to die in a facility such as Lincoln Valley was in 1999.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Flint Residents Will Reportedly Have The Ability To Sue Federal Government

On Thursday (April 18), Judge Linda Parker stated Flint, Mich., residents may have the power to sue the federal government over the officials' mishandling of the water supply system. Since 2014, residents have navigated life with non-consumable water that was tainted with lead when the city switched its water source.

The news arrives days after the city was approved to receive over $77 million in funds to assist with a new pipeline, water monitoring systems, and other water-based infrastructure needs. According to CNN, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan judge's memo stated the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mislead its residents when it failed to notify them of the lead-filled water.

"The impact on the health of the nearly 100,000 residents of the City of Flint remains untold. It is anticipated, however, the injury caused by the lead-contaminated public water supply system will affect the residents for years and likely generations to come," Parker said. Through campaigns spearheaded by Little Miss Flint and other activists, and initiatives conducted by artist Jaden Smith, the city's residents are steadily receiving assistance in adequate drinking water.

In January, an appeals court stated that federal civil lawsuits against the city of Flint would be permissible, The Hill notes.

Continue Reading
Jaap Arriens

An Iowa Man Faces 20 Years After Gunpoint Break-In To Own A Domain Name Ends In A Shooting

The founder of a social media company faces 20 years in prison for orchestrating the home break-in and subsequent shooting of an Internet domain owner.

According to reports, Rossi Lorathio Adams II founded a social media company "State Snaps" in 2015. The company, which operates on Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, is described as containing violent, crude and often nude images of young people.

The catchphrase associated with uploaded videos is "do it for the state" and to capitalize off the growing followers, Adams, 26, tried to purchase the domain name from a Cedar Rapids resident. He couldn't make the final sale.

"Between 2015 and 2017, Adams repeatedly tried to obtain 'doitforstate.com,' but the owner of the domain would not sell it. Adams also threatened one of the domain owner's friends with gun emojis after the friend used the domain to promote concerts," court records show.

Growing tired of playing "nice," in June 2017, Adams reportedly told his cousin Sherman Hopkins Jr to break into the victim's home and force the sale. Hopkins wore pantyhose on his head, a hat and glasses to cover his eyes. He had a gun and a Taser when he broke into the home to demand the domain name.

After forcing the owner to the computer, Hopkins reportedly held the weapon to his head. "Fearing for his life, the victim quickly turned to move the gun away from his head. The victim then managed to gain control of the gun," court records show.

Hopkins was sentenced to 20 years in prison last year. Now, Adams faces a similar fate, with a 20-year maximum sentence, a $250,000 fine, and three years supervision.

Continue Reading
Stephen Maturen

A Florida Deputy Was Reassigned, Not Fired, After Video Shows Him Punching A Teen

A Florida deputy was reassigned, not fired after cellphone footage showed him throwing a teen to the ground and punching him in the head.

Broward County Sheriff's deputies were responding to a fight that occurred between a large group of students in the Tamarac shopping plaza. According to reports, after the group was told to leave, one male teen wearing a tank top was trespassing and arrested.

The violent interaction between the black minor and white officer was caught on cellphone footage and showed Deputy Christopher Krickovich pepper spraying the boy before he was shoved to the ground and punched in the head.

Krickovich said in his statement that he saw the teen in the tank pick up the cellphone of the teen arrested and take an "aggressive stance" toward another member of law enforcement. He claimed he feared the boy would grab one of his weapons from his belt or vest after he was pushed to the ground.

“At this point, his left arm was free and next to him, while he placed his arm under his face," Krickovich's report said. "I struck the male in the right side of his head with a closed fist as a distractionary technique to free his right hand."

Since the video went viral, Krickovich was placed on administrative assignment. Many after seeing the violent encounter took to social media demanding the officer be terminated.

This is police brutality. https://t.co/ldG7rnTVA3

— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 20, 2019

👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾 Our boys go to school in Broward county... man listen 😤😤😤😤 The RAGE, the fear, but yall the RAGE... There better be swift punishment against these officers. If you believe in "bad apples" I need alllll the good apples to STAND UP and start hollering https://t.co/UdMnrsVCvA

— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) April 20, 2019

Broward County Mayor Mark Bogen released a statement condemning the actions and calling for his termination.

"After being sprayed, the teen held his face and walked away," Bogen said. "If the deputy wanted to arrest the student, he could have easily done so without throwing him to the ground."

Continue Reading

Top Stories