The death of Marvin Scott III, a twenty-six-year-old Black man who died in a Texas jail last month, has been ruled as a homicide.
This comes more than a week after former police officer, Derek Chauvin, was convicted of the murder of George Floyd.
When Floyd died as a result of Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nearly 9 minutes in May last year, the issue surrounding systematic racism within our police force was brought to light in a way it had never been before.
Following Floyd's death, thousands upon thousands of people from all over the world took to the streets in protest.
However, despite the Black Lives Matter movement being bigger than ever before, the issue prevailed.
Police brutality has long been an issue here in the states...
For too long, our law enforcement has been riddled with unnecessary force and violence, particularly among minority communities.
This month alone, several young Black and Hispanic people have been fatally shot by police officers.
Daunte White, Adam Toledo, and Ma'Khia Bryant are just some of the names of those who have lost their lives.
Our police officers are supposed to be protecting us.
But, sadly, there are a select few who instead choose to abuse their power and privilege, rather than use it for the better...
Last month, Marvin Scott III died in a Texas jail after being restrained to a bed for several hours.
118. Marvin David Scott III, age 26, died March 14, 2021— Axel Folio, PhD, carries soup for the family (@ISASaxonists) April 28, 2021
Arrested for possession of less than 2ounces of weed. Transferred to a Texas detention center he died 4 hrs later. Marvin's family is still seeking answers.#marvinscott #justiceformarvinscott #SayHisName #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/kwc0Ejz3JY
Scott was arrested on March 14 for the possession of less than 2 ounces of marijuana, Sheriff Jim Skinner claimed in a news conference.
He was taken to a local hospital for reportedly acting erratically, before being later transported to the Collin County Jail.
Skinner claimed that Scott then "exhibited some strange behavior" while being booked in.
As a result, he was restrained on a bed, pepper-sprayed once, and had a spit mask put on his face by detention officers.
Sometime while Scott was restrained on the bed, he became unresponsive.
Officers began emergency medical attention before Scott taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Supporters of Marvin Scott are gathered at the Collin County Courthouse.— Chris Sadeghi (@chrissadeghi) April 28, 2021
They prayed with Scott’s sister LaChay Batts before she and attorney Lee Merrit examine nearly 5 hours of jail video showing the night Scott died in custody.
7 jailers were fired and one resigned. @wfaa pic.twitter.com/oxPoYipsrD
During the press conference, Skinner said: "I was broken-hearted to learn that someone had died in our custody."
"The death of this young man is a profound tragedy."
And now, a medical examiner has reported that Scott died as a result of homicide.
People have been reacting to the news...
Is it ever gonna change?— Noble (@Noble36198733) April 30, 2021
That’s good,at least they’re starting to feel, our power! I’m praying for his family!— LaTasha Archer (@LaTashaArcher6) April 30, 2021
SMH! Every single day there’s something else. ?? praying ing for his family ????— Jarael (@cosmano_jarael) April 30, 2021
Jesus why is America like this smh??— lovechance (@2020andrewbail1) April 30, 2021
Texas is notorious for killing black/brown people in their custody even for a traffic violation. They even harassed, hurt and jailed Dr. Mae Jemison for a bogus traffic violation.— Barbara Grogans (@BGrogans) April 30, 2021
This is yet another reason police department should not be dealing with mental health issues. #PoliceReformNow— tammy sull (@SullTammy) April 29, 2021
In other words, another police killing.— Michael Schwartz (@ReachNewHorizon) April 29, 2021
Wow, so sad. I felt like words can’t express the trauma the family, friends and everyone who is empathetic to these lives that are being lost because one day it could be us or someone close to us.— Gigi StJuste (@gigistjuste) April 29, 2021
And another police murder of a black man. Geeze— Luuta (@TerryHornsby15) April 30, 2021
So glad the family has finally gotten some recognition over this case.— Linda Morris (@londonlinda1976) April 30, 2021
Collin County's chief medical examiner, Dr. William Rohr, has said Scott died as a result of homicide.
It comes after Scott's family said he had schizophrenia and was experiencing a mental health crisis while in custody, TMZ reports.
Scott's family attorney, Lee Merritt, also claims that Scott was using marijuana "to self-medicate after being 2 years diagnosed with schizophrenia."
#Breaking: Collin County's Medical Examiner says Marvin Scott III's death was a homicide.— William Joy (@WilliamJoy) April 28, 2021
The cause: "fatal acute stress response in an individual with previously diagnosed schizophrenia during restraint struggle with law enforcement."
Full release in photo.
According to Collin County Medical Examiner Dr. William Rohr, in a news release, Scott's death was a "fatal acute stress response in an individual with previously diagnosed schizophrenia during restraint struggle with law enforcement."
However, laboratory results for Scott's autopsy are still pending.
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
Only then can the final autopsy report be completed.
Earlier this month, the Collin County sheriff announced that 7 detention officers who were allegedly involved in Scott's death had been fired.
Scott's family have publicly called for the officers to be arrested.
Rest in peace, Marvin Scott III.
#Breaking Just released autopsy results show that 26yo Marvin Scott died as a result of homicide. His family and civil rights groups believe he died March 14th from mistreatment at the hands of detention officers in the Collin County Jail. pic.twitter.com/KAkgyEqwrs— J.D. Miles (@jdmiles11) April 28, 2021
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