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Down syndrome groups seek probe of Md. death

Tuesday - 4/23/2013, 4:38pm  ET

DAVID DISHNEAU
Associated Press

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) -- Advocates for people with Down syndrome are pressing for an independent investigation into the recent death in custody of a New Market man.

National Down Syndrome Congress Executive Director David Tolleson said in a conference call Tuesday that 26-year-old Robert Ethan Saylor died because he was improperly restrained -- not because he had Down syndrome.

A Frederick County grand jury declined to indict three sheriff's deputies in Saylor's' death last month.

The deputies were moonlighting as mall security officers when they were asked to remove Saylor from a Frederick movie theater Jan. 12. He had re-entered the auditorium without paying for a second viewing.

Saylor died from asphyxia after a struggle that ended with him in handcuffs, face-down on the floor. The medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.


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