Daily Beast: A county medical examiner in North Texas ruled Wednesday that the death last month of a Black man in sheriff’s custody was a homicide.
Collin County Medical Examiner rules Marvin Scott, III was a homicide. Scott died in custody at the Collin County jail. The Sheriff terminated 7 officers, and an 8th resigned. One officer’s job was reinstated yesterday through The Civil Service Appeals process. pic.twitter.com/GduE4dHEyF
— Lori Brown (@LoriBrownFox4) April 28, 2021
Collin County coroner Dr. William Rohr wrote that Marvin Scott III’s cause of death was “fatal acute stress response in an individual with previously diagnosed schizophrenia during restraint struggle with law enforcement.”
#NEW Attorney @MeritLaw and the family of Marvin Scott III set to address the press after viewing the video of what happened at the Collin County Jail that led to Marvin’s death. pic.twitter.com/igrxnuX4EI
— Alex Rozier (@RozierReports) April 28, 2021
The medical examiner plans to run more tests before releasing the official autopsy report. Scott’s family members have viewed footage from more than five hours of his time in jail and called his treatment “horrific, inhumane, and disheartening.” Scott was arrested at an outlet mall on March 14, and started to “exhibit some strange behavior” in custody, according to authorities.
Family of Marvin Scott calls for arrests after viewing footage of his in-custody death at Collin County Jail https://t.co/WUroPRIGWL
— Dallas Morning News (@dallasnews) April 28, 2021
After officers restrained him, he became unresponsive and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Though none of the officers involved in Scott’s death have been publicly identified, seven have been fired, and an eighth resigned. One was reinstated.