Robert Ethan Saylor, a 20-year-old man with Down Syndrome, was attending a viewing of “Zero Dark Thirty” at a mall in Frederick, Maryland. After the movie, his caretaker went to retrieve the car. Three sheriff’s deputies, moonlighting as Westview Promenade security officers, tried to remove Saylor from the auditorium at managements behest, and the ensuing attempt was met with resistance on Saylor’s end, resulting in Saylor being forcibly taken to the ground and handcuffed on the floor. This is how Robert Ethan Saylor would die — of asphyxia due to a crushed larynx, with obesity, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, and a heart abnormality as significant conditions.
The medical examiner ruled Robert Ethan Saylor’s death a homicide.
A couple of months ago, Gary Jenkins, the brother of one of the officers involved in Saylor’s death, publicly blamed Saylor’s mother, Patti, for the death of her son.
Robert Ethan Saylor
January 12, 2013
Addendum (12/11/2014): On December 5, 2014, a grand jury announced that the officers involved in Robert Ethan Saylor’s death would not be indicted.