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Sep 1, 2015

Deputies dispute cause of disabled Md. man’s death

Three Maryland sheriff’s deputies are disputing the official cause of death of a man with Down syndrome who died as they tried to forcibly remove him from a movie theater in 2013. Robert Ethan Saylor probably died from an underlying medical problem and not from asphyxia, as determined by the Office of the Chief State […]

Oct 29, 2013

Panel begins work after disabled man’s death

FREDERICK — The death of a man with Down syndrome in the custody of sheriff’s deputies has helped inspire a new Maryland commission to improve interactions with people with developmental disabilities. Special Olympics Chairman Timothy Shriver said Monday that Robert Ethan Saylor’s legacy will live on through the commission’s work. Gov. Martin O’Malley created the [&hellip[...]

Sep 5, 2013

O’Malley to meet with family of disabled man who died in police custody

ANNAPOLIS — A spokeswoman says Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley is committed to improving police training after a man with Down syndrome died in the custody of Frederick County deputies in January. Spokeswoman Takirra Winfield says the Democratic governor is considering all options after meeting Thursday with Robert Ethan Saylor’s family members. Winfield says O’Malley has [&helli[...]

Aug 6, 2013

Mizeur calls for changes after disabled man dies in police custody

ANNAPOLIS — A Maryland lawmaker on Tuesday called for statewide standards related to approaching the disabled, after a man with Down syndrome died when sheriff’s deputies tried to forcibly remove him from a movie theater. Del. Heather Mizeur asked Gov. Martin O’Malley in a letter to launch an investigation under the state’s health department. Mizeur, […]

Jul 16, 2013

Sheriff’s lawyer: Man with Down syndrome was trespassing

FREDERICK — A man with Down syndrome who died in police custody in a Frederick movie theater was trespassing when he refused to vacate a seat for which he had not paid, a lawyer for the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday. Baltimore attorney Daniel Karp said the three deputies who restrained Robert Ethan Saylor […]

Jul 15, 2013

Report: New details on death of man with Down syndrome at Frederick theater

Police tried to forcibly remove a man with Down syndrome from a Maryland theater with tragic results, despite warnings from his caretaker that her client would "freak out" if they touched or spoke to him, according to her statement contained in an investigative file released Monday.

Mar 28, 2013

DOJ assessing death of Frederick man with Down syndrome

FREDERICK — A Justice Department official says the agency is looking into the death of man with Down syndrome after he was removed from a theater by sheriff’s deputies. Down syndrome advocates met Tuesday with officials from the Justice Department’s Community Relations Service. The office works to resolve tensions due to race, gender, disability and […]

Mar 26, 2013

Autopsy says Frederick Co. man with Down syndrome had ‘anger issues’

An autopsy report on a man with Down syndrome who died in custody says he had “anger issues.” The report says 26-year-old Robert Ethan Saylor of New Market also had a heart condition that made him susceptible to sudden cardiac death. The Associated Press reviewed the document Tuesday at the state medical examiner’s office in […]

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