Collin County Detention Officers Won’t Face Charges Over In-custody Death of Marvin Scott III


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June 22, 2021 – A grand jury on Tuesday declined to indict eight Collin County officers on charges related to Marvin Scott III’s death in March after they restrained and used pepper spray on him in custody, according to multiple news reports. Shannon Borders held up a sign at a March demonstration outside of the Collin County Jail to demand justice for Marvin Scott III, who died while in custody at the jail. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune Since Scott’s death, family members had led demonstrations outside the Collin County jail nearly every night, calling for the officers’ arrest. But on Tuesday, The Dallas Morning News reported, a grand jury released a statement on their decision and said no probable cause was found to charge anyone with a crime. The grand jury recommended the formation of a group to study Scott’s death, which had been ruled a homicide in April, and to prevent similar incidents from happening again, The News reported. They said the group, which would include community leaders, criminal justice officials and mental health professionals, should find solutions to treat people with mental health issues who come into contact with law enforcement. S. Lee Merritt, the...