Mother of Ethan Saylor Testifies in front of Congressional Subcommittee


WHAG NEWS – Testimony was held before a congressional subcommittee in Washington, D.C. Tuesday where Frederick County resident Patti Saylor testified about the untimely death of her son, Ethan.

As we’ve reported, Ethan died on January 12, 2013 after three off-duty Frederick County deputies, working as security guards, were called to Regal Cinemas at Westview Promenade.

Deputies say the 26-year-old man, who had Down syndrome, wanted to stay for a second viewing of a movie, but didn’t have another ticket. Ethan died from asphyxiation while being forcibly removed from the movie theatre.

The sheriff’s office says Saylor died as he was being handcuffed to the ground.  

Patti Saylor testified Tuesday during the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing, saying her son didn't have to die that day, and she would continue to support disability rights in Ethan’s name.

Other testimony during the hearing centered on the need for additional law enforcement training in crisis intervention for people who have mental illness or developmental disabilities. 

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