Md. Delegate asks for investigation into death of man with Down syndrome

1:31 PM, Aug 6, 2013   |    comments
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(WUSA9) --  Delegate Heather Mizeur (D-Montgomery) sent a letter to Gov. Martin O'Malley on Tuesday morning to request a full investigation into the death of Ethan Saylor.

Twenty-six-year-old Saylor, who was a resident of Frederick County with Down syndrome, died on January 12 while being arrested by three deputies for overstaying his visit at a movie theater.

Saylor's death by asphyxia was ruled a homicide by a medical examiner but no charges have been brought in the case, says Mizeur.

"This is a tragic case of dire importance," Mizeur wrote. "Without giving this matter the full attention of our state government, we risk minimizing the severity of the problem when individuals with intellectual and other disabilities face conflict situations among the general public. There is still far too little awareness about how to approach these situations and how best to protect the safety of our most vulnerable citizens."

In her letter, Mizeur requests the O'Malley adminstration seek new local and statewide policies on the treatment of individuals with intellectual and other disabilities and create a state commission or task force on treatment of individuals with intellectual disabilities.

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