The family of Marvin David Scott III, a Texas man who died while in police custody, is calling for tougher disciplinary action than administrative leave for the officers involved.
Scott’s family claims he died as a result of excessive force by seven officers, who used pepper spray and a spit hood to restrain him. Seven of the officers involved have been placed on administrative leave as a result of the incident.
Separate investigations have been conducted by the Texas Rangers and the Collin County Sheriff’s Department.
Scott was arrested for marijuana possession at an outlet mall last week by officers of the Allen Police Department.
Concerned family members claimed they called for assistance during a mental health crisis, and Scott was released. His family claims he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and given medication to help him. His family said he hadn’t had an episode in at least a year before the most recent incident.
Scott was taken to a local hospital, but around 6:22 p.m., he was released and booked into the Collin County jail. Scott was eventually strapped to a bed after officers spotted him exhibiting “strange behavior” in the booking area, according to officers.
Scott broke free while officers tried to restrain him, causing officers to use pepper spray and a spit hood to cover his head around 10:22 p.m. He became unresponsive and was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Marvin’s family is now demanding an explanation from the authorities for their son’s death. “We’d like to know how my son died. Answers are required! “During a press conference, his mother, LaSandra Scott, stated.
Despite the fact that seven detention staffers were placed on administrative leave and an internal administrative investigation was ordered following the reported disaster, the bereaved family demanded that their names be revealed and that they be arrested.
26-year-old Marvin Scott III was arrested over a joint in Texas.
Per his family lawyer @MeritLaw, he was in mental health distress and was pepper sprayed, restrained with a knee and killed in jail.
Recently, the family held a protest in front of the Collin County Jail with about 50 people in a circle demanding justice. Marvin Scott’s niece, Lachay Scott, told protesters holding signs like, “We demand justice for Marvin Scott III now” and “Black Lives Matter,” that she want them to block the jail’s back door to keep others from being held behind bars until justice is served. She said, “You are able to use your body as a blockage to this door for them… Y’all just try to keep it peaceful.”
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