For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emails
Sign up to our free breaking news emails
A prominent civil rights attorney was among a group of people arrested in a Dallas suburb during a demonstration in memory of a Black man who died in a struggle with guards at an area jail.
McKinney police arrested lawyer Lee Merritt and two others on charges of obstructing a roadway during the Sunday protest over Marvin Scott III’s 2021 death in the Collin County jail. Merritt, 40, was also charged with unlawfully carrying a weapon, police said.
Merritt, who’s forged a national profile representing the families of people killed by law enforcement officers, told The Associated Press that he was "unlawfully arrested" while he attended the protests as the Scott family’s lawyer. The attorney said he had been legally carrying a firearm at the time of his arrest, which led to the weapons charge.
Merritt was released from jail Monday. The Collin County district attorney’s office did not respond to a phone message about whether prosecutors would pursue the charges.
The demonstration came two years after Scott, 26, died during a struggle with jail guards following his arrest on a marijuana possession charge. Scott's family said he was likely in a mental health crisis at the time of his death and a medical examiner found he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Seven detention officers were fired and another resigned over Scott's death, which was ruled a homicide, but did not result in criminal charges.
Scott’s 30-year-old sister, Lachay Batts, was also among those arrested in the protest. Merritt said being held in the same facility where her brother died was "a really traumatic experience" for Batts.
A McKinney police spokesperson said officers made the arrests after giving "approximately 10 minutes of warnings" to the demonstrators, who included children, to clear the roadway.
Merritt, who and made a failed run for the Democratic nomination for Texas attorney general during the last election, said the third person taken into custody was a photojournalist. He called the arrests "really bad form."
- Civil rights prosecutors reportedly recommended an NYPD officer be charged in Eric Garner’s death
- Lawyer in U.S. civil rights movement, Michael Trister, dies at 77
- Civil rights 'Freedom Riders' cherish MLK's lasting legacy, 50 years on
- Civil rights advisers hope Starbucks' anti-bias training sets example
- Second suspect is arrested in slaying of Amber Guyger trial witness Joshua Brown during 'drug deal gone wrong' as police chief vehemently denies the force has done anything wrong
- Beto O’Rourke, the Texas Democrat challenging Ted Cruz, has earned national praise for his viral defense of NFL players’ protests
- Students to walk out of school in nationwide protests across U.S. over gun violence
- Anger after arrest of Indian activists
- Indonesia Protests Saudi Execution of Migrant Worker Without Prior Notification
- Violent protests by India's lower-caste Dalit against law changes leave at least 7 dead
- Suspect arrested in US mall shooting that saw police kill different man
- Organiser of Hong Kong protests attacked by masked men
|Hidden Agenda, Vol. 4 - Anarchy USA: In The Name Of Civil Rights2.0★ / check it now at Amazon||Meet Mary Pleasant, Mother of Civil Rights in California4.4★ / check it now at Amazon||Civil Rights March in Washington DC Archival Photo Poster Print 19 x 13in4.5★ / check it now at Amazon||2014 National Black History Month Poster Civil Rights in America (In Memory of Nelson Mandela B14)5.0★ / check it now at Amazon||African American History Month 2014 Poster Civil Rights in America (B14A)4.0★ / $99.95||Civil Rights March in Washington DC Archival Photo Poster Print Framed Poster 21 x 15in check it now at Amazon||A Rose Blooms in Texas: Coming of Age in the Civil War Era5.0★ / $21.5||Free At Last: A History of the Civil Rights Movement and Those Who Died in the Struggle4.5★ / $14.4||Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age$11.2||Crusaders In The Courts: How A Dedicated Band Of Lawyers Fought For The Civil Rights Revolution4.8★ / $47.31||The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock 'n' Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia$30.81||Sacred Memories: The Civil War Monument Movement in Texas (Fred Rider Cotten Popular History Series) check it now at Amazon||The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America (Studies in Postwar American Political Development)$33.11||Volma...My Journey: One Man's Impact on the Civil Rights Movement in Austin, Texas$66.37||The Selma of the North: Civil Rights Insurgency in Milwaukee5.0★ / check it now at Amazon||Fighting Their Own Battles: Mexican Americans, African Americans, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in Texas$19.99||Prince of Peace: A Memoir of an African-American Attorney, Who Came of Age in Birmingham During the Civil Rights Movement$23.1||The Orlando, Florida, Civil Rights Movement: A Case Study in Cooperation and Communication, 1951-1971 check it now at Amazon||Going to School During the Civil Rights Movement (Going to School in History)$5.93||The 1970s: A New Global History from Civil Rights to Economic Inequality (America in the World)$26.95||Free at Last: A History of the Civil Rights Movement & Those Who Died in the Struggle check it now at Amazon||Black Politics After the Civil Rights Movement: Activity and Beliefs in Sacramento, 1970-2000$39.95||Rabble Rousers: The American Far Right in the Civil Rights Era (Politics and Culture in the Twentieth-Century South Ser.)$29.95||The Human Tradition in the Civil Rights Movement (The Human Tradition in America) check it now at Amazon||Civil Warrior: Memoirs of a Civil Rights Attorney$8.08||Deep South Dispatch: Memoir of a Civil Rights Journalist (Willie Morris Books in Memoir and Biography)$18.99||2014 P Silver Civil Rights Act Of 1964 Comes in the packaging from the Mint Dollar Proof US Mint$69.99||Health Rights Are Civil Rights: Peace and Justice Activism in Los Angeles, 1963–1978$28||Blue Texas: The Making of a Multiracial Democratic Coalition in the Civil Rights Era (Justice, Power, and Politics)$9.99||Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist (Volume 10) (Race and Culture in the American West Series)$26.95|
Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt arrested in Texas protest have 1026 words, post on www.independent.co.uk at March 27, 2023. This is cached page on USA Posts. If you want remove this page, please contact us.