‘1500 And Counting‘ – The abuse of black British people by police is often overlooked, but a new film is set to break the silence.
On 11 January 2016, Sarah Reed, a vulnerable 32-year-old woman suffering with mental health issues, was found dead in her cell in north London’s Holloway prison, where she was on remand awaiting trial.
Throughout her life, she had been a victim of failings by the British state: in October 2012, she reported being sexually assaulted while being detained under the Mental Health Act, and in November 2012 she was ruthlessly beaten up by a police officer, with the attack caught on camera.
A new documentary on the death of Ethan Saylor, a Frederick man with Down syndrome who died while police were restraining him, has been produced.
Ethan’s Law contains accounts from eyewitnesses who claim information they had on the incident was ignored by authorities. Saylor, 26, died from asphyxiation on Jan. 12, 2013 when three off-duty Frederick County Sheriff’s deputies forcibly removed him from a movie theater after he tried to stay for a second showing without buying a ticket.
Filmmaker Edward Rhodes said his documentary started as an expose on the incident and during the process, he believes he’s uncovered new information.