Dallas civil rights attorney Lee Merritt arrested at protest in McKinney
The protest was in memory of Marvin Scott III, who died in Collin County Jail custody in 2021. Scott's sister was also arrested.
Prominent Dallas civil rights attorney Lee Merritt was jailed in Collin County after being arrested at a protest Sunday in memory of Marvin Scott III, who died in Collin County Jail custody in 2021.
Police also identified two others arrested at the protest as Shelby Tauber and LaChay Batts. Batts is Marvin Scott's sister, and Tauber is a local photographer.
McKinney Police responded to a group of about 20 people blocking Highway 380 just after 4 p.m. on Sunday, police spokesperson Carla Marion Reeves said in an email. They arrested three people for blocking the roadway, including Merritt, who is also charged with unlawfully carrying a firearm.
Merritt took to social media to deny the charges Monday.
All three were brought into custody Sunday and released Monday, according to Collin County Jail records.
Merritt has reached national prominence for representing the families of Black Americans killed by police. Locally, he’s worked with the families of Atatiana Jefferson and Botham Jean.
He's also represented Scott's family in Collin County. Scott, who had schizophrenia, was arrested for possessing a small amount of marijuana. At the jail, he was strapped to a bed, hooded, and pepper sprayed.
Merritt posted about the protest on Instagram over the weekend, encouraging people to show up to a Sunday "March for Mental Health” in Scott’s honor.
"North Texas— police are murdering individuals in mental health crisis with impunity. We need you to show up and express your dissent tomorrow," he wrote.
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