The family of Marvin Scott is requesting a federal review of the decision not to indict eight jailers.

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The family of Marvin Scott is requesting a federal review of the decision not to indict eight jailers.

An attorney for Marvin Scott III’s family said the family is “very unhappy” that a Texas grand jury declined to indict eight detention officers in the Black man’s death in custody, and that the matter will be reviewed by the federal government.

Scott’s family and campaigners had been asking for the arrest and prosecution of the eight officers implicated in his killing.

After hearing from witnesses and reviewing evidence, including video of the incident, the Collin County District Attorney’s office announced on Tuesday that a grand jury had declined to indict Andres Cardenas, Alec Difatta, Blaise Mikulewicz, Rafael Paradez, Justin Patrick, James Schoelen, Christopher Windsor, and Austin Wong.

The evidence in the case, according to Lee Merritt, a human rights attorney representing Scott’s family, was more than enough to charge the police.

A grand jury in Collin County, Texas has decided not to indict eight officers who were involved in the horrible killing of #MarvinScottIII.

Marvin was caught for having a single joint of marijuana in his possession. When COs entered his cell to restrain him, he was showing signs of a mental health crisis. pic.twitter.com/Fk5ZypNq2D

June 22, 2021 — S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw)

Marvin Scott’s family is anticipating a Federal Grand Jury investigation after his death in jail.

Prosecutors’ failure to get indictments in this case underscores a Texas trend of undervaluing the lives of African Americans suffering from mental illness. pic.twitter.com/6myzquPHw8

June 22, 2021 — S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw)

Merritt tweeted, “Marvin Scott’s family is tremendously unhappy the [grand jury]failed to pursue charges in this case.” “The evidence (unreleased video, spit-hood, OC spray, policy violations & a ME conclusion of homicide) provides more than sufficient probable cause for indictments.”

In another tweet, Merritt noted: “Marvin was arrested for possessing a single joint of marijuana. He was exhibiting signs of mental health crisis when COs entered his cell to restrain him.”

Merritt added that the family is looking forward to a federal grand jury reviewing the case.

“The failure of prosecutors to secure indictments in this matter reflects a trend in Texas of undervaluing the lives of African Americans suffering mental health crisis,” he added.

Attorneys for the detention officers released. This is a brief summary.

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