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  • Petitioned Doug Gansler

This petition was delivered to:

Attorney General of Maryland
Doug Gansler

Launch an independent inquiry into the death of Robert Ethan Saylor

    1. Petition by

      Down Syndrome Uprising

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.

Robert Ethan Saylor was a healthy, 26-year-old man, who also had Down syndrome.

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 humans, and not deserving of the same respect warranted to those without Down syndrome. we strongly believe, and do not stand alone, that it is a violation of basic human rights to view Mr. Saylor's death as somehow due to his genetic makeup when his death has been classified a HOMICIDE.

We are asking you to launch an independent inquiry into the death of Mr. Saylor and asking you to prove to us that your office believes in the humanity and equality of everyone, including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 1,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Jessica Rincon WICHITA, KS
      • 5 months ago


    • james goulding SAN JOSE, CA
      • 6 months ago

      "with liberty and justice for all"

    • America Naranjo SAN JOSE, CA
      • 6 months ago

      This story made my eyes tear up how can people be so disgusting. Ethan was a human being why was he not treated like one. This case was charged unfairly please think as ethan as your own child. Please be fair!

      my heart goes out to the family!!

    • Dorian Edwards COLFAX, NC
      • 7 months ago

      The police in the U.S. are turning into the Gestapo of the 30's in Germany. They kill with impunity and they continue to get away with it.

    • Carrie VanAckeren SOUTH PASADENA, CA
      • 7 months ago

      The police are supposed to protect and serve the community. What danger did this young man pose to them? They clearly overreacted and took this man's life, violating his civil rights. I want justice for him.


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