In a Monday press release, the Collin County Sheriff’s Office announced that an inmate died while in custody at Collin County Detention Facility Sunday.
The inmate, 26-year-old Marvin D. Scott III of Frisco, was arrested earlier that day by the Allen Police Department for possession of marijuana and promptly transferred to the county facility. The matter has been referred to the Texas Rangers for investigation, the press release stated. Moreover, seven detention officers have been placed on administrative leave over the course of the investigative period “as a matter of policy.”
Scott’s cause of death has not been revealed, but it has nonetheless attracted attention from local and regional activist groups.
The Texas chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) tweeted on Tuesday, “What happened to Marvin Scott? While we don't have all the details yet, what we do know is that #MarvinScott was arrested for possessing 2oz of #Marijuana & ended up dying in custody w/ 7 employees now on ‘administrative leave.’”
The Collin County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) said in a statement regarding Scott’s death, “The Collin County NAACP is deeply saddened by the death of 26-year-old Marvin D. Scott III … We expect a swift response and full transparency by the sheriff’s office. We will provide future updates as details become available.”
The Sheriff’s Office stated that additional information will not be released while the Texas Rangers’ investigation continues, officials said Monday.