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Report: Death of man with Down Syndrome in police custody ruled a homicide

The death of a Maryland man with Down Syndrome in police custody was a homicide, according to a report from the state medical examiner.
Baltimore County, MD (WSYR-TV) – The death of a Maryland man with Down Syndrome in police custody was a homicide, according to a report from the state medical examiner.

According to The Washington Post, 26-year-old Robert Saylor of New Market died of asphyxia in January after Frederick County Sheriff’s Deputies handcuffed him while taking him into custody.

The Sheriff’s Office says they were called to the theater when Saylor refused to leave after watching Zero Dark Thirty.

A representative from the Sheriff’s Office told The Washington Post that Saylor became “medically distressed” when they handcuffed him and began taking him out of the theater.

The three deputies involved in the incident remain on duty, according to the newspaper. The state attorney’s office is reviewing the case.

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