The cause of death for a Black inmate who died while in custody at a Texas prison has been revealed. As reported by ABC News, 26-year-old Marvin Scott III passed away as a result of a homicide.
Scott — who was previously diagnosed with schizophrenia — was brought to a hospital in March after he was discovered acting erratically at a local mall. He was later arrested and transported to the Collins County, where he was booked on a marijuana possession charge for carrying less than two ounces of the substance. His “strange behavior” during what may have been a mental health crisis prompted an aggressive response from detention officers.
The inmate resisted as the cops attempted to restrain him, and he was subsequently pepper sprayed and placed in a spit hood. He eventually became unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at a hospital nearby.
Findings from his autopsy list his cause of death as homicide, specifically claiming his passing was a “fatal acute stress response” to a “restraint struggle with law enforcement.” Further information may be revealed at a later time as Dr. William Rohr, the chief medical examiner in Collin County, is awaiting laboratory results to complete the final autopsy report.
Since Scott passed away, seven unidentified officers were fired in connection with his death, and an eighth cop resigned. Six of the seven cops appealed their termination, and one of them was reinstated.
Relatives of the late victim are continuing to seek justice in the unfortunate case. After watching about five hours of unreleased footage of the 26-year-old’s treatment at the Texas jail, they called for the cops involved to be held accountable for their actions.
”What we’ve seen today is horrific, inhumane, very disheartening,” said Scott’s mother, LaSandra Scott, in a recent press conference. “We want these individuals arrested immediately.”
A criminal investigation conducted by the Texas Rangers remains active.