Seven detention officers in Texas have been fired after a Black man died in custody whose household say might have been experiencing a psychological well being disaster. An eighth officer resigned.
An inside investigation discovered that the officers violated division insurance policies and procedures resulting in the demise of 26-year-old Marvin Scott III, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner stated in a information launch Thursday.
Scott was arrested March 14 on marijuana possession fees. He was displaying “some unusual habits,” Skinner stated at a March 19 information convention, in line with information retailers.
Scott was first taken to Texas Well being Presbyterian Hospital in Allen, Texas, after which to the Collin County jail, the Dallas Morning Information reported.
Officers put Scott on a restraint mattress, and so they used pepper spray and coated his face with a spit masks. He turned unresponsive and was later pronounced lifeless at a unique hospital.
An impartial post-mortem carried out by American Forensics in Mesquite, Texas, discovered that Scott doubtless died of restraint and asphyxiation, stated Lee Merritt, the household’s legal professional, in an Instagram publish. He added that last outcomes are pending.
The outcomes of an official post-mortem haven’t been launched.
The household additionally says Scott might have been struggling a psychological well being disaster. Scott had schizophrenia, which he was taking remedy for,his mom, LaSandra Scott, advised information retailers.
Merritt stated Scott hadn’t skilled a psychological well being disaster in additional than a yr and the officers ought to have taken him to a psychological well being clinic as they did after his earlier arrests in Collin County, the Dallas Morning Information reported.
The day after Scott’s demise, on March 15, the sheriff’s workplace introduced that seven officers have been being positioned on administrative depart and the Texas Rangers could be investigating the case. The Rangers haven’t launched a press release.
“Persons are upset. They household’s upset. The group is upset. I am upset,” Skinner stated on the March 19 information convention, in line with a video posted by the Dallas Morning Information. “The demise of this younger man is a profound tragedy and we’ve an obligation to uncover the complete and full reality.”
However, he stated, “what’s wanted now’s endurance” because the Rangers full the prison investigation.
Following information of the termination,Merritt tweeted Thursday that the household is “relieved.”
“Nevertheless they’re anxious to see these males arrested and held criminally accountable,” he added.
Contributing: Related Press