(AP) — A sheriff in Texas has fired seven officers involved in the in-custody death of a Black jail inmate in Texas whose family members say may have been suffering a mental health crisis.
Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner said in a news release Thursday that the detention officers violated sheriff’s office policies and procedures leading up to the death of 26-year-old Marvin Scott III. An eighth officer has resigned. Authorities have said Scott was arrested at an outlet mall in Allen on a marijuana possession charge March 14.
Officers at the jail reportedly used pepper spray and a spit mask on Scott after he began exhibiting what the sheriff called “strange behavior.” Family members say Scott had schizophrenia.