State and county officials are trying to determine why a developmentally disabled man died Saturday after off-duty sheriff´s deputies tried to remove him from a Frederick movie theater. The Frederick County Bureau of Investigation and the Maryland Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are investigating the death of Robert E. Saylor, 26, of New Market, after he suffered a medical emergency at the Regal Cinemas Westview Stadium 16, a Frederick County Sheriff´s Office news release stated.
It used to be that you could let your mentally disabled adult son go to the movies or other places by himself. Now, you need to worry about the police. The stories about mentally retarded adults dying after interactions with the police are popping up all over the place. People with downs syndrome rarely survive the womb due to the pressure to abort them. Now,it seems they are at risk for being in public while mentally retarded.
Excellent post, #2. People with Down syndrome are more likely to have heart defects and many of these result in early deaths.
We hear so many stories of rogue cops lately (Dorner and the cops who beat the mentally ill man in Orange County two years ago, to name a few). I hope these officers were acting with regard to this man´s safety and civil rights.
The young man was 26 years old - an adult. Family members are constantly being pushed to help their loved one have more independence - after all, parents won´t live forever! And yet if something goes wrong, they are the first ones blamed for not accompanying their loved one in public.
Put together a disorder that causes known heart problems with the fear and confusion of being escorted out and handcuffed by police...and yes, you have a recipe for a heart attack. Did the theater really need to call the police on a clearly disabled man who didn´t pay for a second $8 ticket? Did the police really need to remove him in handcuffs over the error?
A far simpler and safer solution would be to ask the man if he need help in calling a family member or a friend for a ride home. Get the phone number of someone who knows him, call and explain the situation, and let them come and handle. The police are not a solution to the disabled population.
There was a time when we had more basic compassion. The guy has Down´s. He paid for a ticket. Let him sit through a second, or even third showing. Didn´t we used to let things like that slide for special needs?
Last summer Ellen Holzman and Meredith Vezina, a married gay couple in San Diego County, got kicked off their long-term Kaiser health plan, for which they´d been paying more than $1,300 a month. The cause wasn´t the Affordable Care Act, as far as they knew. They´d been living outside Kaiser´s service area, and the health plan had decided to tighten its rules. That´s when they discovered the chilly hazards of dependence on the individual health insurance market. When they applied for a replacement policy with Anthem Blue Cross of California, Ellen, 59, disclosed that she might have carpal tunnel syndrome. She
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Parents were upset after Carrick High School approved a plan to have a Trayvon Martin theme day during the school’s homecoming. The homecoming committee, and school voted and approved the theme which is part of school spirit week. Parents were upset that kids were being encouraged to wear hoodies to school during the Wednesday theme.
A Tennessee high school has decided to revise its field trip policy after a group of freshmen were taken to an Islamic mosque where they were given copies of the Koran and while a student who opted out of the trip was given a worksheet that alleged Muslims treated their conquered people better than the United States treated minorities. The students were in an honors world studies class at Hendersonville High School and the field trips to the mosque as well as a Hindu temple were part of a three-week course on world religions.
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Washington police are operating under orders to arrest tourists and other non-residents traveling with spent bullet or shotgun casings, a crime that carries a $1,000 fine, a year in jail and a criminal record, according to a new book about the city´s confusing gun laws. "Empty shell casings are considered ammunition in Washington, D.C., so they are illegal to possess unless you are a resident and have a gun registration certificate," pens Emily Miller in her investigative book, "Emily Gets Her Gun: ... But Obama Wants to Take Yours." Under the law, live or empty brass and plastic casings must be carried
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
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Good stuff from Jonathan Turley at today’s House hearing on executive power, although I regret that I couldn’t find a more user-friendly format for you to watch. There’s no compilation clip; you’ll have to make do with the C-SPAN embed by fast-forwarding to the time cues I give you and being patient while the vid buffers (and buffers, and buffers).(Snip)That brings us to point two: Even if Congress can’t stop Obama, the courts can. The problem there, though, says Turley, is that O and the DOJ have argued successfully in many cases that no one has standing to sue him
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