Marvin Scott
Marvin Scott

Marvin Scott was a 26 year-old African American suffering from Schizophrenia. Marvin uses marijuana as a medication for his condition. At an outlet mall in Allen, Texas, Marvin was arrested on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge. The officers first took Scott to a local hospital because he was reportedly acting erratically. He was subsequently released and then transported to the Collin County Jail in McKinney, northeast of Allen, where he began “exhibiting some strange behavior,” Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner said at a press conference on March 19. Detention officers restrained Scott to a bed, pepper-sprayed him and covered his face with a spit mask. Scott was kept there for several hours and became unresponsive at some point. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital, according to Skinner, who called the incident “a profound tragedy.”

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