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Robert Saylor, 26, of New Market, Md., was asphyxiated on Jan. 12 and his death has been declared a homicide by the medical examiner. Robert had Down syndrome and refused to leave a movie theater, as he wanted to watch a movie a second time. Three off-duty deputies were called to help with his removal from the theater, which led to his death. All three have been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

The Sheriffs may face a conflict of interest when investigating their own deputies; therefore, we ask that an outside agency take a look at the case.

There is no reason for a person with special needs to be treated with such force.

Letter to
Frederick County Police Department Sheriff Charles Jenkins
Office of State's Attorney for Frederick County J. Charles Smith, III
I ask that an investigation by an outside agency be conducted in the homicide of Robert Saylor. Not only does his unnecessary death point to a need to establish standards for appropriately responding to cases involving persons with mental disabilities, that the officers involved are currently placed on administrative leave with pay demonstrates the lack of seriousness with the way in which the case is handled.

Lt. Jewell, Sgt. Rochford, and Deputy Harris must be held accountable for their actions. I ask that criminal charges be filed against the deputies in the death of Robert Saylor.

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