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Officers Fired Following Death Of Black Jail Inmate

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(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.

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