Advocates Seek Probe into Disabled Man's Death

Thursday, Sep 5, 2013  |  Updated 1:25 PM EDT
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Advocates Seek Probe into Disabled Man's Death

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Advocates for people with Down syndrome are pressing their demand for an independent investigation into the death in custody of a disabled man last January in Frederick.

Representatives from the National Down Syndrome Congress and the National Down Syndrome Society are joining family members of Robert Ethan Saylor at a news conference Thursday morning in Annapolis.

Democratic state delegate and gubernatorial candidate Heather Mizeur is also joining them to ask Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley to order an independent investigation into Saylor's death.

The 26-year-old died of asphyxia as three sheriff's deputies, moonlighting as mall security officers, tried to remove him from a movie theater because he hadn't purchased 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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