According to a press release from the State's Attorney for Frederick county, Robert Ethan Saylor died as a result of three individuals' actions on January 12, 2013 in Frederick, Maryland. His death was and remains classified a HOMICIDE.
However, the above press release also states that Robert Ethan Saylor was "...compromised by his Down's syndrome..." and concludes that no criminal charges are necessary in Mr. Saylor's death.
Down Syndrome Uprising believes that the above decision speaks to a continuing bias in society to see Down syndrome as a disease, those with Down syndrome as lesser individuals, and not deserving of the same respect warranted to those without Down syndrome.
We are asking you to take a stand for human rights and for Robert Ethan Saylor, and asking you to demand an independent inquiry into the death of Mr. Saylor.
You are a representative of people with Down syndrome in the United States and a global leader in Down syndrome awareness, so as such, I urge you to actively represent people with Down syndrome and to help ensure that this tragedy becomes the last of its kind.
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