Md. Gov. O'Malley meets with Saylor family

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley has met with the family of a man with Down syndrome who died in the custody of Frederick County sheriff's deputies last January.

The Frederick News-Post ( ) reports that Robert Ethan Saylor's mother Patti spoke to reporters after meeting with O'Malley Thursday in Annapolis.

She says O'Malley spoke about taking action to require police training about people with Down syndrome. And she says the Democratic governor will consider the family's plea for an independent investigation of Saylor's death.

The 26-year-old died of asphyxia as three deputies, moonlighting as mall security officers, tried to remove him from a movie theater because he hadn't bought a ticket for a repeat viewing.

A Frederick County grand jury declined to indict the deputies for what was ruled a homicide.

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