Seven detention officers “concerned within the in-custody dying of 26-year-old Marvin Scott III” have been fired, in keeping with an announcement from the Collin County Sheriff’s workplace.
The assertion, launched Thursday afternoon, stated the seven detention officers had been terminated on March 14; an eighth detention officer resigned whereas beneath investigation, the sheriff’s workplace stated.
“Though the Texas Rangers’ complete felony investigation into the dying of Marvin D. Scott, III continues, I’ve at this time terminated the employment of seven detention officers concerned in his tragic dying and have been notified of the resignation of an eighth officer who was beneath investigation,” Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner stated in an announcement. “Proof I’ve seen confirms that these detention officers violated well-established Sheriff’s Workplace insurance policies and procedures. Everybody in Collin County deserves protected and truthful therapy, together with these in custody at our jail. I can’t tolerate much less.”
Skinner beforehand stated Scott was dropped at the Collin County Jail after Allen cops arrested him on the Allen Shops for the possession of fewer than two ounces of marijuana, a misdemeanor.
Scott was first taken to a hospital the place he remained in an emergency room for about three hours, the division stated. He was launched and brought to the Collin County Jail.
Whereas in custody on the Collin County Jail, the sheriff stated Scott appeared to, “exhibit some unusual habits,” which prompted detention officers to safe him onto a restraint mattress. The county stated officers used pepper spray and hooked up a spit masks on Scott’s face.
In some unspecified time in the future, he turned unresponsive and was taken to a hospital the place he was pronounced lifeless.
Scott’s mom stated her son was identified with schizophrenia two years in the past, however hadn’t had an episode in a few 12 months.
“After we obtained him okay together with his treatment, he was beginning to take them and fell off and felt like if he would use marijuana, it might profit him extra,” stated LaSandra Scott who stated her son had been doing nicely for a 12 months.
Merritt stated an Allen officer acknowledged Scott was experiencing a psychological well being concern and took him to a hospital, however stated in earlier interactions with police, Scott was taken to a psychological well being facility.
Scott was later launched to the Collin County jail, one thing his household continues to query.
Scott’s household desires to see the video and needs to know if life-saving interventions came about earlier than EMS arrived. They need to know what time an ambulance was known as, if officers who dealt with Scott had psychological well being coaching, or if there was a well being specialist readily available.
Skinner did not touch upon whether or not detention officers knew Scott’s historical past of psychological sickness however stated that might be a part of the investigation. The sheriff additionally stated there are protocols that they comply with with regards to psychological well being response however he didn’t elaborate.
The household has requested for the detention officers to be arrested.
Lee Merritt, lawyer for the Scott household, stated information of the terminations had been, “an incredible reduction for the household” a day after they buried their son. Meritt stated the household was discouraged by the gradual progress within the investigations however stated that he hopes the terminations, “provides them a way of hope that there might be justice for Marvin.”
Meritt stated although it nonetheless stays unclear what the lads did or did not do in Scott’s case, he believes the detention officers might be criminally charged as a result of the sheriff stated the officers clearly violated insurance policies that run parallel to constitutional protections. He added that now that the executive investigation is over he hopes to obtain the video proof promised by the sheriff in order that he can start making ready his civil case.
The lawyer stated he wasn’t ware of the eighth individual concerned within the case however that he hopes everybody concerned in Scott’s dying is held accountable.
NBC 5’s Sophia Beausoleil contributed to this report.