The death of a man with Down syndrome while in police custody was ruled a homicide by the chief medical examiner’s office in Baltimore.
The 26-year-old, Robert Ethan Saylor, was so enamored with law enforcement that he would call 911 just to ask questions. About a month ago, he'd gone to see "Zero Dark Thirty” and immediately wanted to see it again. When he refused to leave the Frederick, Md., movie theater, security was called, and three off-duty deputies arrived: Lt. Scott Jewell, Sgt. Rick Rochford and Deputy First Class James Harris.
According to the Washington Post, "Saylor cursed at the deputies, who weren’t wearing uniforms, and began hitting and kicking them. The deputies restrained him using three sets of handcuffs linked together and escorted him from the theater." At some point, he "ended up on the ground ... suffered a medical emergency and died."
Patti Saylor, Ethan’s mother, told the CBS local Baltimore station, “He has never had anybody put their hands on him before in his life. He would not have been doing anything threatening to anybody.”