Seven officers were firedThe Collin County Sheriff’s Office in Texas announced Thursday that a black man was sprayed with pepper and put on a gas mask on his face while in custody. The sheriff said that the seven police officers “violated the recognized policies and procedures of the Sheriff’s Office” when dealing with Marvin David Scott III, who was unresponsive and died shortly afterwards in a local hospital.
Colin County Sheriff Jim Skinner said in a statement: “As far as I know, these detainees violated the policies and procedures of the recognized sheriff̵
Skinner said that the eighth official under investigation has resigned.
Details about the 26-year-old deceased are still unclear. The department said in a statement that when officials from the Allen Police Department responded to the interruption call on March 14, they first encountered Scott “behaving abnormally” at an outlet mall.
The Ministry of Health said that he was concerned about his safety due to the possible ingestion of drugs. He said he was taken to a local hospital and kept in the emergency room for about three hours.
Skinner said in a March 19 briefing that once he was released, he was transferred to the detention facility in Colin County and arrived at approximately 6:22 pm. He was arrested for possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana.
Skinner said that sometime after arriving, Scott began to exhibit “strange behavior” in the reservation area. Skinner did not explain what his “strange behavior” meant, nor did he provide any further details about Scott’s alleged behavior.
Skinner said that several officers then tried to secure Scott to the restraint bed. They used a pepper spray and placed a gas mask on their face, which is a net cover covered with a net cloth to prevent a person from spitting.
Skinner said that at 10:22 p.m., Scott was unresponsive while lying on the restrained bed. He received medical treatment “immediately” but was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Skinner did not provide other details about Scott’s four-hour detention. Previously, seven officers had been on administrative leave due to Scott’s death.
The Texas Rangers are investigating the matter, but have not yet released a report on the case. Skinner said that the video of the incident has not been shared publicly and has been provided to the Rangers.
Scott’s family said that firing was “progress” and “the first step in more action.”
The family said in a statement: “Next, these former officials need to be arrested and brought to justice.”
The Scott family’s lawyer said in March that he was suffering from a mental health crisis when he died, and condemned the sheriff’s portrayal of him a few hours before his death. At a press conference on March 19, Skinner declined to comment on whether officials knew of a history of mental illness.
“The statement says [the sheriff] The information provided today is not thorough or transparent. “Lee Merritt said at the time.
Merritt added: “It’s not only weird, it’s a mental health crisis.” “It’s a big deal to disrespect him in this way.”