May Charity of the Month - Marvin Scott III
For May's Charity of the Month, Grow Together Clothing Company would like to dedicate 100% of this month’s profits to Marvin Scott III Official GoFundMe page in light of the tragic events that led to Scott’s death:
On March 14th, 2021, 26 year old Marvin Scott III was arrested at an outlet store mall in Allen, Texas, a suburb north of Dallas. He was in possession of a single joint of Marijuana when he was detained. Before they took him to the county jail, the officers first took him to Texas Health Presbyterian for what they stated was ‘strange behavior’ from the young adult. After he was discharged from the hospital, officers took Scott to the county jail where they restrained him, pepper sprayed him, and even covered his head with a spit hood that is used to restrain someone to keep them from biting or spitting at an officer. Within four hours of being at Collin County jail, Scott became unresponsive and was taken to Baylor Scott and white McKinney, where he was pronounced dead.
A few days after his death, the family of Scott, along with other members of the community, gathered outside of the county jail to protest the acts that the officers involved so wrongfully committed that led to Scott’s death. Family members stated that Mr. Scott was having a mental health episode while in custody, and the officers involved failed to use proper tactics when dealing with someone in mental health distress. Sheriff Skinner and the Collin County Sheriff’s Office stated they have since placed on leave, then terminated the several officers involved, but refused to release names saying it would interfere with the ongoing investigation the Texas Rangers are conducting. The Dallas Morning News then sought the information from a Texas agency that oversees jailers and peace officers, and attempted to get comments from the officers, but none answered. Members of the community are calling for arrests to be made for those officers, but plans to do so have not been made. Instead, one officer was reinstated recently after successfully appealing their termination through the civil-service process.
The video footage where Scott was incarcerated and later killed had not been released to the public, but the family did see the video earlier this week along with their attorney, Lee Merriott, esq. Merriott, who plans to run for Texas attorney general, stated that the way that Scott was treated in the few hours that he was incarcerated was not in any way one should be treated while being mentally distressed, and at least six officers should be charged with some level of homicide.
Collin county chief medical examiner Dr. William Rohr announced on Wednesday that his findings from Scott’s cause of death was “fatal acute stress response in an individual with previously diagnosed schizophrenia during restraint struggle with law enforcement”, and was ruled as a homicide.
To this day the Family of Marvin Scott III remains protesting every Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Collin County jail with the Collin County Young Democrats, until accountability is served.