AP NewsBreak: police were told Saylor would resist

AP News
Posted: Jul 15, 2013 5:01 PM

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A caretaker says in a statement she warned officers not to touch a man with Down syndrome or he would "freak out," shortly before he died during a bid to forcibly remove him from a Maryland movie theater.

The Frederick County Sheriff's Office released a report Monday on the January asphyxiation death of 26-year-old Robert Ethan Saylor.

Saylor's 18-year-old caretaker said in the statement she told three sheriff's deputies moonlighting as security officers not to touch or speak to Saylor because he would resist. She said a deputy insisted Saylor leave because he hadn't paid for a second viewing of "Zero Dark Thirty."

Saylor died after being handcuffed and taken down. A grand jury declined to indict the deputies for what the state medical examiner's office ruled a homicide.