Justice for Ethan

On January 12, 2013 in Frederick, MD, 26-year-old Ethan Saylor went to see the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” in a theater inside a mall.  After the movie, Ethan wanted to see it again.  Someone told him he needed to buy another ticket.  Ethan had Down syndrome — a genetic condition that impairs physical growth and intelligence.   Ethan does not carry cash.  He had an IPhone.  Because his mom later saw four, 4-1-1 calls on his IPhone, she believes he was using it to try to get information on how to purchase another ticket using his IPhone.

However, the off-duty sheriff deputies moonlighting as mall security didn’t listen to Saylor’s aide who told them to wait it out.  Ethan’s mom was on the way and he just needed some time.

The deputies grabbed Ethan out of his seat.  A heavy guy weighing 294 lbs, they drug him to the door and face-down, three deputies were on him in a heap putting on handcuffs, with Ethan on the bottom.  Witnesses say that Ethan cried out “Ouch!” “Don’t touch me!” “I need help, Mommy.”   Then he went silent.  When the officers realized Ethan was no longer breathing, they turned him over and tried to resuscitate him.

Ethan’s mom was 5 minutes away from the theater when she received a call diverting her to the hospital.

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Ethan Saylor

An autopsy showed that Ethan’s larynx had been crushed and he died by suffocation. The medical examiner ruled Ethan Saylor’s death a homicide.

David Tolleson, Executive Director of the National Down Syndrome Congress, stated, “Advancements for people with disabilities have created more opportunities for inclusion in society, which means more people with disabilities are more likely to be “out in the community. It is critical that law enforcement agencies learn strategies on how to ‘support, serve and protect’ people with disabilities”

A grand jury cleared the three officers of wrongdoing.  The case inflamed disability groups, some of which have started online petitions to demand justice for Ethan.   Ethan’s sister has started a petition on change.org, requesting Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley to conduct an independent investigation and formal training of police.

https://www.change.org/petitions/justice-for-ethan-governor-martin-o-malley-we-need-an-independent-investigation-and-training-for-police.

More on this story here.

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Posted on 08/21/2013, in Cases, Cops Gone Wild, Department of Justice, Ethan Saylor, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. I’m sure by now you’ve heard about that letter the family of an autistic boy boy received. We really are not much of a caring compassionate society. Things like these shouldn’t happen here. They shouldn’t happen anywhere.

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  2. I know Rachael, it sure seems that way. It’s hard to think, that as human beings, many who proclaim to follow the words and will of their Higher Power, will justify the treatment of other human beings this way.

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  3. Signed it right away. God is it any wonder I hate cops??

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    • @Cielo62. Thanks for signing the petition. I’m sure that Ethan’s sister appreciates it. There’s something very wrong with police abusing authority and using excessive force. There is no way those officers could look that Ethan and NOT SEE that he was unable to mentally comprehend what they wanted.

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  4. Two sides to a story

    So frightening for anyone who has a disabled child of any age. Common sense tells us that these people need to be dealt with in a compassionate manner. Apparently many LEOs have little common sense any more.

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    • @Two sides. Those cops, and many others like them, want to be obeyed without question, without explanation. They not only abuse their authority, but have some dysfunction thinking they are gods.

      Like David Tolleson, Executive Director of the National Down Syndrome Congress said, (my paraphrase) we want people with disabilities to advance and be included in society. Training cops might help, but the true training is first knowing they are to serve and protect every person regardless of disability, gender, race, financial status, or familiarity.

      Those cops’ actions must put many parents of disabled children in positions of having nightmares, much like Zimmerman’s actions have terrorized many parents of Black male teens.

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  5. WOW! 3 cops against ONE Ethan, mentally challenged? WHY didn’t they just buy him a ticket, WHY didn’t the person at the ticket counter see that himself and just let Ethan go back and see the movie?
    Why did they have to torture him and WHY in the hell did they get off? That is terrible.
    Makes you sick at your stomach.
    Why was it soooo important that they get Ethan outside. What were they going to do then
    AND what was he hurting inside. Not a damn thing!

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    • @Lolypop. It’s really sad. Some people cannot deal with having authority because they abuse it, and they do so upon those who are most vulnerable — the mentally challenged, the unarmed, the elderly.

      Those cops killed Ethan over a $12.00 movie ticket — a ticket that he was trying to figure out how to purchase.

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  6. What are we going to do Xena?
    It’s damn scary! They were to get in the dept. to help us and our kids, not kill them.
    Remember Kelly Thompson, the homeless 37 year old homeless man that the cops tasered him several times, beat him over and over with their batons, stomped him. While this was going on another cop runs over and starts doing the same. The guy couldn’t breathe and died 5 days later.
    That was 2011 and every cop that was there and participated in it got off.
    Gomez the first cop blamed their MURDER on the hospital. Ain’t that some shit?
    Here is that tragic story!

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    • Two sides to a story

      Kelly Thompson was beaten very close to where I live. Neither cop is employed by the Fullerton Police Dept any more, and the case hasn’t yet gone to trial. It goes to trial in October, so no one has gotten off. http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/Trial-Kelly-Thomas-Police-Beating-Ramos-Cicinelli-Fullerton-210669311.html

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      • Two sides to a story

        PS – Scroll down on the Wikipedia link to see what a real beating looks like. Shame on you, George Zimmerman. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_Kelly_Thomas

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      • @Two sides. Thanks for informing us about Kelly Thompson. I’m collecting info now and will blog on it.

        This blog now needs a section on “Cops Gone Wild.”

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        • Two sides to a story

          That’s gonna be a big-azz section! Cops out of control seem to be almost more the rule than the exception these days. Looking forward to your articles!

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        • Xena, I can’t wait to read your blog on Kelly Thompson. He stole my heart as well as the rest of the people who didn’t get justice. A sad, sad world we live in. Remember when I told you about my daughter a few week back? I never mentioned when I called the ambulance for her. Now she couldn’t talk right nor walk. The only thing she did was yell. And one of the officers asked what he should do. The paramedic said “Puts cuffs on her, I am not dealing with this.” That was heartbreaking to say the least. And to think, she almost died on me. No one cares what is happening, just cuff them, beat them, whatever, just use your authority to abuse one instead of calming them down. I trust no cops. I still see that day as clear as if it were yesterday. God help us.

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  7. Scary as hell!! I’m sure Kelly’s head DID feel like it was going to EXPLODE.
    I wish that they would have that trial on TV and all 6 of those cops were charged and sent to prison for life, what GEORGE should have gotten too.

    I feel so bad for the Thompson family too AND Kelly was in a pool of blood.

    IF GEORGE would have been beaten over and over in the head and slammed on the concrete there would have been blood.
    I thought that only 2 officers are being charged and they were on PAID leave. Is that right?
    IF so, that sucks. The people are paying them. I may be wrong about them being paid, I hope that I am. I wouldn’t want a dime of my money paying the killers. ALL 6. The other’s did the same thing. They make me sick.

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    • Two sides to a story

      They were on paid leave for awhile. Three of the officers are no longer employed, and the three that aren’t charged are still employed, a sad state of affairs. At least the two principal officers involved are charged and facing trial.

      Cali sentences aren’t as stiff as FL – I think the second degree murder charge here is fifteen years. The involuntary manslaughter charge is four years. Not sure if the judge or jury can extend these.

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  8. Sad state of affairs! Yep!
    They keep getting away with it AND they are more of a threat to society because we expect them to protect us.
    How is it we have the BEST system in the world?
    Best compared to who?

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  9. Fing ridiculous. The cops are out of control lynching minorities and disabled, the disenfranchised members of our society.

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    • @tesspowell. Yes, the cops are crazy. Reporting on soon — a case involving a woman over the age of 80 with Alzheimer.

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