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Disabled New Market man,
forced from theater, dies

Frederick News Post [MD], by Cara R. Anthony and Patti S. Borda

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Posted By:US Veteran, 2/18/2013 8:44:30 AM

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.

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He went to see "Zero Dark Thirty."

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Achilles, 2/18/2013 8:54:42 AM     (No. 9182612)

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.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: HotRodLincoln, 2/18/2013 8:57:09 AM     (No. 9182614)

A heart attack may be the cause. Congenital heart defects such as Tetrology of Fallot are common in Trisomy 21 children. Please wait for the facts before blaming the police.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Susannah, 2/18/2013 9:04:34 AM     (No. 9182626)

Sadly very true, #2. But this story is dated January 16, 2013.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mominNoCA, 2/18/2013 9:07:19 AM     (No. 9182632)

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.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Rotten In Denmark, 2/18/2013 9:10:37 AM     (No. 9182643)

Too bad a family member or friend wasn´t along.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: US Veteran, 2/18/2013 9:52:40 AM     (No. 9182721)

This death has been ruled a homicide as of today.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: wilarrbie, 2/18/2013 11:01:53 AM     (No. 9182880)

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?

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