On Thursday, seven sheriffs in Collin County, Texas were fired because the deceased Marvin D. Scott III, a 26-year-old black man, was detained in a county jail last month After death.
Sheriff Jim Skinner said in a statement: “As far as I know, these detainees violated the policies and procedures of the recognized Sheriff’s Office.” He added that the eighth police officer had resigned. .
Police in Allen, Texas, north of Dallas, arrested Mr. Scott on March 14 for possession of marijuana. According to the authorities, he had less than two ounces of drugs, which was a misdemeanor.
Every night for more than two weeks, the family of Mr. Scott’s family gathered together to protest the protest outside the Collin County Prison, asking them to be transparent and accountable.
“We want to know, how did my son die?” According to NBC 5, Scott’s mother, LaSandra Scott, said at a press conference last week: “We want answers.”
S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing the family, said that Mr. Scott suffers from schizophrenia and sometimes uses marijuana as a self-medicine when his prescription drugs are not effective.
Forensic pathologist Amy Gruszecki performed a second autopsy on Mr. Scott after the Collin County Medical Inspector examined Mr. Scott’s body. He said at a press conference that based on her initial findings, it may be Asphyxiation and physical asphyxiation occur. The struggle against restraint may have contributed to the death of Mr. Scott.
The county medical inspector did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday. Mr. Merritt said that the county’s autopsy results have not yet been released.
After the death of Mr. Scott, the officer who was fired on Thursday has been on administrative leave. The sheriff’s office conducted an internal investigation into the incident, while the state law enforcement agency Texas Rangers is conducting a criminal investigation.
Mr. Merritt said that the family requested the arrest of the person involved and the release of the security camera tape from the prison the night after Mr. Scott’s death.
He said: “Just a few days ago, they let Marvin rest on the 30th.” “The family continued to protest with other members of the community every night.”
The Texas shooting was announced during the trial in the case of former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minnesota, Minnesota, who knelt on George Floyd’s neck before Mr. Floyd’s death on May 25, sparking national protests. It has been difficult for law enforcement officials to be accountable to the United States for a long time, partly because the strong police union and legal system have provided law enforcement officials with greater freedom.
At a press conference on March 19, Sheriff Skinner called Mr. Scott’s death a tragedy and said he had already met with Mr. Scott’s relatives.
According to a statement from the Allen Police Department, when the police encountered Mr. Scott on March 14, when they interrupted the phone call at an outlet mall, “his safety was of concern because of the possibility of taking drugs.”
The police statement stated that Mr. Scott was taken to the emergency room, where he stayed for three hours before being released by the doctor. It added that he had been taken to Allen’s police headquarters before being transferred to McKinney’s Collin County Prison.
Sheriff Skinner said the police had taken Mr. Scott to the county jail before 6:30 pm. “Several detainees tried to fix him on the restraint bed. In the process, they used OC spray once and put on a gas mask on his face.”
OC spray (its official name is oleoresin chili) can also be called pepper spray. Sheriff Skinner described the spitting mask as “a mask that can be worn on the head. It has a net on it to prevent saliva from being spit on someone else.”
The sheriff said that Mr. Scott became unresponsive around 10:30. He added that the Texas Rangers, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday night, were checking the video footage of the episode.