Marvin Scott III was a football player at Heritage High School in Frisco, Texas. His family is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and moved to North Texas in 2005.
Marvin Scott III graduated from Heritage High School, where he was a straight-A student who played football in high school. He was 6′ 1 and over 300 pounds.
Marvin recently began struggling with mental health. Scott was diagnosed with schizophrenia, but the family thought he was getting better.
Scott was arrested in Texas by the Allen Police, with less than two ounces of marijuana. He was booked into the Collin County Jail, where he would die. The sheriff said detention officers struggled with him, tried to restrain him to a bed, applied pepper spray, and used a spit hood on him.
Today, the Scott family found out that the Sheriff’s department took the first step in hopefully some action.
A Texas county sheriff’s department announced the firing of seven officers in connection with last month’s in-custody death of Marvin Scott III. The Collin County Sheriff’s office said in a statement that the officers were let go from the department following an investigation into the March 14 incident, in which officers attempted to restrain Scott at the local jail following an arrest for a marijuana possession charge.
“Although the Texas Rangers’ comprehensive criminal investigation into the death of Marvin D. Scott, III continues, I have today terminated the employment of seven detention officers involved in his tragic death and have been notified of the resignation of an eighth officer who was under investigation,” Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner said in a statement shared with multiple news outlets.
“Evidence I have seen confirms that these detention officers violated well-established Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures,” Skinner continued. “Everyone in Collin County deserves safe and fair treatment, including those in custody at our jail.” “I will not tolerate less,” he added.
The Collin County Sheriff’s Department says body cameras and cameras in the jail captured what happened, but the case was turned over to the Texas Rangers.