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.
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.
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…
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.”
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.
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.
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