7 Texas guards fired for in-custody death of Marvin Scott

7 Texas guards fired for in-custody death of Marvin Scott


Seven Texas jail guards have been fired in connection with the in-custody death of a schizophrenic black man — who was restrained, pepper-sprayed and covered with a spit mask, sheriff’s officials said.

Marvin Scott III, 26, died on March 14 at the Collin County Jail, where he was in custody on misdemeanor marijuana possession charges.

“Evidence I have seen confirms that these detention officers violated well-established Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures,” Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner said in a statement announcing the terminations of the detention officers Thursday. “Everyone in Collin County deserves safe and fair treatment, including those in custody at our jail. I will not tolerate less.”

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Cops first transported Scott to a hospital in Allen, where he was arrested, because an officer recognized he was likely having a mental health crisis, an attorney for his family, S. Lee Merritt, told KXAS.

Scott was treated in an emergency room for about three hours before he was released

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