Activists criticize state’s response to teen’s death


FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Activists are voicing displeasure with the state’s response to a Kentucky teenager’s death while in state custody.

About two dozen people gathered at the Capitol on Thursday to urge Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration to take more action in response to 16-year-old Gynnya McMillen’s death.

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She died at Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Facility in January.

Justice Secretary John Tilley has said the girl died in her sleep from a heart condition, and that a martial arts hold used to restrain her was not a contributing factor.

Activist Enchanta Jackson said Thursday there’s been no accountability or reform since McMillen’s death. Activists say the facility should be closed and all staffers involved should be fired. Three detention center workers have been fired.

State justice officials say a review of personnel and procedures is underway.


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