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Initial findings released on police and disabled

A state panel tasked with making recommendations about police training about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities says current training is inconsistent and not comprehensive.

The initial findings were released Thursday in a progress report by the commission, which was appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley in September. The commission was created in response to the death in January 2013 of Robert Ethan Saylor, a 26-year-old man from New Market with Down syndrome.

The progress report says the panel’s initial findings show that the effectiveness of such training in Maryland has not been documented.

The commission will visit for sites in the state in January February as part of a “listening tour” to get the public’s input.

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