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.”
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