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LaChay Batts leads a chant saying Marvin Scott IIIís name at a demonstration outside of the Collin County Jail to demand justice for Marvin Scott III, who died while in custody at the jail on March 14, 2021. Family, friends and supporters have gathered at the jail every night since his death to demand the arrest of the 7 detention officers involved.

Marvin Scott III died in Texas police custody. His family will protest until the officers involved are arrested.

Though seven of the sheriff’s officers have been fired after initially being put on administrative leave and another resigned while under investigation, the family and protesters say they don’t plan to stop until the officers have been charged with a crime.

Melinda Whittemore participates in a demonstration held by Next Generation Action Network at the Collin County Courthouse in McKinney to demand justice for Marvin Scott III, who died while in custody at the Collin County Jail on March 14, 2021.
Ashlyn Mitchell comforts LaChay Batts during a demonstration on March 18, 2021 to demand justice for Batts’s younger brother, Marvin Scott III, who died in custody who died in custody at the Collin County Jail in McKinney. Lachay, a single mother of two boys, said one of the main reasons for the demonstrations is to make sure anyone with sons wouldn’t have to go through a similar tragedy. She said Marvin “was like a big teddy bear. A gentle giant. His size meant nothing. His heart was as big as his body. He didn’t deserve this, nobody deserves this.”
Christopher A. Williams-Watkins, center, leads a chant demanding justice in the Collin County Jail halls on March 18, 2021, for his friend, Marvin Scott III, who died while in custody at McKinney. Christopher said Marvin was a fun and bubbly guy and that “he definitely was able to go in multiple rooms and leave a great impression no matter the crowd. [He was] never aggressive. That’s why this is so sad, that this would happen to someone like this.”

Protesting for arrests, transparency

Officers guard the driveway into the jail while demonstrators gather at the Collin County Jail to demand justice for Marvin Scott III, who died while in custody at the jail on March 14, 2021.
Marvin Scott III's mother, LaSandra Scott, prays at the end of a demonstration outside of the Collin County Jail. People gathered to demand justice for Marvin Scott III, who died while in custody at the jail on March 14, 2021.

For Black community members, family is at stake

Renee White, left, holds up a fist in front of the barricade of eight police cars as Elijah Lyons, Marvin Scott III’s 9-year-old nephew, leads a chant repeating Marvin’s name at the Collin County Jail on April 3, 2021. The police moved them out of an area where they were decorating a fence, spelling out “Justice 4 Marvin III”.

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