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A Long Road Seeking Justice For Ethan Saylor Finally Ends

It’s been a long time. I first blogged about this case in August 2013, and have been following it.  Now, four years later, Ethan Saylor’s family has received some closure.

Ethan Saylor

On January 12, 2013 in Frederick, Maryland, 26-year-old Robert Ethan Saylor went to see the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” in a theater inside a mall.  He went by his middle name “Ethan.”  Ethan was accompanied by a caretaker who, after the movie, went to get the car while Ethan waited at the door.  Ethan however, wanted to see the movie again and walked back inside.  He was approached by staff and told that he needed to by another ticket.

Ethan had Down syndrome, a genetic condition that impairs physical growth and intelligence.  Ethan didn’t carry cash.  Ethan’s IQ was 40. He had an IPhone.  Because his mom later saw four, 411 calls on his IPhone, she believes that he was using it to try to get information on how to purchase another movie ticket.

The manager called security.  Working security that evening were three off-duty deputies.  They would not allow Ethan’s caretaker to come back inside the theater. She called Ethan’s mother.

In spite of the caretaker’s pleas that they wait because his mom was coming, the three off-duty deputies decided to physically remove Ethan from the theater.  As he cried out “Help” and “I need help, Mommy,” the deputies placed him in handcuffs and a choke hold.

Ethan’s mom was 5 minutes away from the theater when she received a call diverting her to the hospital. An autopsy showed that Ethan’s larynx had been crushed and he died by suffocation.  The medical examiner ruled Ethan’s death a homicide. Read the rest of this entry

Sean Christopher Urbanski Indicted For The Stabbing Death of Richard Collins III

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It was Saturday, May 20, 2017.  Richard Wilbur Collins III was 23 years old.  He completed his ROTC training and had been recently commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, where he expected to join the intelligence division.

Richard was attending Bowie State University, in Maryland.  He was with two friends standing at a bus stop at the University of Maryland’s campus in College Park.  In three days, he was to graduate.

 

Sean Christopher Urbanski took away Richard’s opportunity to graduate.  Urbankski took away Richard’s military career.   Urbanksi took away Richard’s future.  Urbankski took all of that away by carrying out an unprovoked stabbing to Richard’s chest with a knife.

On the day of what would have been Richard’s commencement ceremony, his cap and gown were draped over an empty seat during the ceremony.  His family received a standing ovation as they accepted a degree on Richard’s behalf.

Meanwhile, Sean Christopher Urbanski was sitting in a jail cell, denied bail. Read the rest of this entry

Three People Dead In Shooting At Baltimore’s Columbia Mall. News Is Breaking.

 

 

Jueseppi, thanks for keeping us informed.

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.

 

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