Seven Texas jail guards have been fired in reference to the in-custody death of a schizophrenic black man — who was restrained, pepper-sprayed and lined with a spit masks, sheriff’s officers stated.
Marvin Scott III, 26, died on March 14 on the Collin County Jail, the place he was in custody on misdemeanor marijuana possession prices.
“Proof I’ve seen confirms that these detention officers violated well-established Sheriff’s Workplace insurance policies and procedures,” Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner stated in an announcement saying the terminations of the detention officers Thursday. “Everybody in Collin County deserves protected and truthful therapy, together with these in custody at our jail. I can’t tolerate much less.”
Cops first transported Scott to a hospital in Allen, the place he was arrested, as a result of an officer acknowledged he was possible having a psychological well being disaster, an legal professional for his household, S. Lee Merritt, informed KXAS.
Scott was handled in an emergency room for about three hours earlier than he was launched and brought to the county jail. As soon as within the reserving space, the person whose household stated he had been beforehand recognized with schizophrenia began “exhibiting some unusual conduct,” Skinner reportedly stated at a March 19 information convention.
That prompted a number of officers to strap Scott to a restraint mattress and pepper-spray him. A spit hood was additionally put over his head about 4 hours after he was booked, the Dallas Morning Information reported.
Scott, a resident of Frisco, was later rushed to a hospital upon turning into unresponsive, and he was pronounced lifeless.
The county’s health worker is predicted to launch Scott’s post-mortem in coming weeks, however an impartial evaluation by a pathologist discovered he possible died from being restrained and asphyxiation, KXAS reported.
The seven officers who had been booted included a captain, a lieutenant and two sergeants, the Dallas Morning Information reported. They haven’t been publicly recognized.
Skinner stated an eighth officer has submitted his resignation.
An investigation by the Texas Rangers is ongoing, Skinner added.
Scott’s mom informed the station he had been recognized with schizophrenia two years earlier however had not skilled a psychological well being disaster in a yr.
“After we bought him OK together with his remedy, he was beginning to take them and fell off and felt like if he would use marijuana, it might profit him extra,” LaSandra Scott stated.
Scott’s funeral was held Tuesday in St. Louis, the place he grew up, WFAA reported.
“We’re happy with the choice and think about this progress, step one of many extra to return,” Scott’s household stated in an announcement Thursday. “Subsequent, these former officers have to be arrested and dropped at justice.”