Petition for Ethan Saylor calls for independent investigation into custody death

Ethan Saylororiginally by: The Huff Post 
published: 27 August 2013

A little more than a month after a man with Down syndrome died in police custody after a dispute over an unpaid movie ticket, his family is calling for justice.  See Petition Here >

Ethan Saylor, 26, had a known affinity for police procedural TV series “NCIS” and loved reggae. He was killed during a scuffle with three off-duty Frederick County Sheriff’s deputies in Frederick, Md., after seeing the movie “Zero Dark Thirty.” His autopsy concluded the death was a homicide.

The cause of death, according to the autopsy, was asphyxiation. The autopsy also said Saylor’s larynx had been damaged. A witness said an officer had put his knee on Saylor’s lower back while Saylor was on his stomach being handcuffed, according to The Associated Press.

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