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7 Texas Officers Are Fired in Death of Black Man Restrained in Jail

Seven sheriff’s officers in Collin County, Texas, were fired on Thursday in connection with the death of Marvin D. Scott III, a 26-year-old Black man who died after being restrained at the county jail last month.

“Evidence I have seen confirms that these detention officers violated well-established Sheriff’s Office policies and procedures,” Jim Skinner, the sheriff, said in a statement, adding that an eighth officer had resigned.

The police in Allen, Texas, just north of Dallas, arrested Mr. Scott on a marijuana possession charge on March 14. He had less than two ounces of the drug, according to the authorities — a misdemeanor.

The police said they had taken Mr. Scott to a hospital because he was acting erratically. He was then taken to the county jail, where county officers restrained him and pepper-sprayed him. A spit hood was placed over his head. He died later that night.

Every evening for more than two weeks, members of Mr. Scott’s family have been gathering to protest outside the Collin County Jail, demanding transparency and accountability.

“We want to know, how did my son die?” Mr. Scott’s mother, LaSandra Scott, said at a news conference last week, according to NBC 5[1]. “We want answers.”

Mr. Scott had a schizophrenia diagnosis and sometimes used marijuana as a form of self-medication when his prescription medication did not work well, according to S. Lee Merritt, a lawyer representing the family.

Amy Gruszecki, a forensic pathologist who performed a second autopsy on Mr. Scott after his body was examined by the Collin County medical examiner, said at the news conference that according to her preliminary findings, it was possible that asphyxiation, as well as a physical struggle against his restraint, might have contributed to Mr. Scott’s death.

The county medical examiner did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday. Mr. Merritt said the county’s autopsy results had yet to be released.

The officers who were fired on Thursday had been placed on administrative leave[2] after Mr. Scott’s death. The sheriff’s office opened an internal investigation into the episode, and the Texas Rangers, a state law enforcement agency, is conducting a criminal investigation.

Mr. Merritt said the family was asking for the officers involved to be arrested and for the release of security camera footage from the jail on the night of Mr. Scott’s death.

“They laid Marvin to rest on the 30th, just a couple days ago,” he said. “The family continues to protest every night along with other members of the community.”

The firings in Texas were announced during the trial in Minnesota of Derek Chauvin[3], the former Minneapolis police officer who knelt on George Floyd’s neck before Mr. Floyd died on May 25, prompting nationwide protests. Holding law enforcement officers accountable in the United States has long been difficult[4], in part because of powerful police unions[5] and a legal system that gives wide latitude[6] for officers to use force.

At a March 19 news conference, Sheriff Skinner called Mr. Scott’s death a tragedy and said he had met with Mr. Scott’s relatives.

According to a statement[7] from the Allen Police Department, police officers encountered Mr. Scott on March 14 while responding to a disturbance call at an outlet mall and “were concerned for his safety due to the possible ingestion of drugs.”

Mr. Scott was taken to an emergency room, where he remained for three hours before being released with a physician’s clearance, the police statement said. It added that he had been taken to the Police Headquarters in Allen before being transferred to the Collin County Jail in McKinney.

Sheriff Skinner said that the police had taken Mr. Scott to the county jail shortly before 6:30 p.m. “While in the booking area, Mr. Scott exhibited some strange behavior,” he said. “Several detention officers tried to secure him to the restraint bed, and during the process used O.C. spray once, and also placed a spit mask on his face.”

O.C. spray — its formal name is oleoresin capsicum — can also be referred to as pepper spray. Sheriff Skinner described a spit mask as “a mask that fits over one’s head. It has a net on it in order to keep spittle from being spit on another person.”

The sheriff said that Mr. Scott had become unresponsive around 10:30. He added that the Texas Rangers, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday evening, were examining video footage of the episode.

References

  1. ^ according to NBC 5 (www.nbcdfw.com)
  2. ^ placed on administrative leave (www.collincountytx.gov)
  3. ^ trial in Minnesota of Derek Chauvin (www.nytimes.com)
  4. ^ has long been difficult (www.nytimes.com)
  5. ^ police unions (www.nytimes.com)
  6. ^ gives wide latitude (www.nytimes.com)
  7. ^ statement (www.cityofallen.org)

Jacey Fortin

Krunal Pandya restrained by umpire after Tom Curran flare-up in India v England ODI

India batsman Krunal Pandya and England bowler Tom Curran exchanged words and Pandya had to be restrained by the umpire during an intense first innings finale in the first ODI between the two sides in Pune. Pandya, brother of India all-rounder Hardik, reacted to bowler Curran in between deliveries and also shared words with England wicket-keeper and stand-in captain Jos Buttler, who was overseeing proceedings after Eoin Morgan was forced off with an injury.
Krunal blitzed a quick-fire 58 not out at the end of India’s innings to ensure that, along with KR Rahul’s 62, the hosts set England a challenging total of 318 to chase.

The 26-ball half century from Krunal was his ODI debut, but he hit the ground running and smashed seven fours and two sixes as England’s bowling attack were dispatched around the ground. He later, emotionally, dedicated his knock to his late father who passed away earlier this year.

Before the end of the 49th over, Curran uttered something to Krunal, which sparked the flare up and the umpire was forced to step in. Buttler also stepped in and shared words, before umpire Nitin Menon eventually calmed the situation down.

India captain Virat Kohli, who himself had earlier in the innings fired 56, watched on from the dug-out before he was also seen to be making a point to an official on the boundary.

Sky Sports commentator and former umpire David Lloyd wasn’t impressed, and said: “Just give them a yellow card! It’s so simple. It can damage a game, if they think that that is right and this is what happens.

“I agree that you’ll have flashpoints, but the umpire has got be completely bang on if it’s wrong. Nobody takes any notice of the umpire, I can tell you that!”

Krunal, who was decorated with his first cap by his brother in the pre-match ceremony, was overcome with emotion following his fifty, which he marked by pointing to the skies as he paid a touching tribute to his father.

Former India star Dinesh Karthik recalled to Sky Sports: “I got a call from Hardik one evening and he was sobbing. We obviously got the news that their father had passed away.

“From there on they’ve been an emotional wreck for the last few weeks. It’s been really hard for them to pick themselves up, but the way Krunal has gone back to domestic cricket…he has bulldozed his way back into the India team and rightfully so.

“You can see the emotions pouring out.”