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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Deputies in Ethan Saylor's death appeal to dismiss civil case

Deputies who are being sued for their roles in the death of a New Market man with Down syndrome are challenging a ruling that allowed the man’s mother to pursue the legal action against them.

Attorneys for the Frederick County sheriff’s deputies filed a brief last week arguing that the U.S. Court of Appeals should overturn a federal judge’s Sept. 9 decision to allow a wrongful-death lawsuit to go forward.

Patti Saylor accused the deputies, Richard Rochford, Scott Jewell and James Harris, of violating her son Ethan Saylor’s right to constitutional protection from unreasonable search and seizure when they arrested him before he collapsed and died in January 2013.

The 26-year-old man died after he watched the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” with a caretaker at the Westview Promenade in Frederick. When he returned to the theater during a second showing and refused to leave, management called in the deputies, who were working off-duty as security officers, to resolve the situation.

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9 comments:

Anonymous said...

So these officers have the same powers (and responsibilities) conferred and vested by the State for its benefit, but the officers are free to sell and bargain the same (and seek the State's indemnity) for personal gain?

Anonymous said...

those 2 macho cops should pay up for this!

Anonymous said...

It used to be that once you paid your admission to a movie, you could watch it all day long, as many times as it was on that screen.

Anonymous said...

With the theaters mostly empty, why not allow it again?

Anonymous said...

A decent person, off duty cop or not, would have realized that this person was special and either suggested that the caregiver or themselves paid the extra admission. Less than $10 would have saved his life. The movie manager could have easily waived the fee as well.

Anonymous said...

Police departments in general need more training on how to deal with developmentally disabled people.

lmclain said...

Show up and shoot the first thing that scares you. The "comply or die" philosophy espoused frequently on this very site by you know who. And you thought that phrase was just hyperbole?

They aren't even qualified to take ticket stubs, much less actually possess a gun.

3:51 nailed it.
When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
When you're a cop, everything looks scary. They are the only ones in the country that get to KILL people if they are afraid.
They don't even need any EVIDENCE of a threat. Just the "feeling" of being afraid is good enough to start blasting. Women. Kids. Old men. Shadows.
All VERY scary.
It's a wonder they don't take daily shots at the sky when the sun goes behind a cloud. If the wind blows at the same time?
SWAT TEAM!!!
Those cops ought to be ashamed, but I doubt it.
Probably (based on their comments on OTHER police killings) they are patting each other on the back and telling each other "good shoot. good shoot."
They are the ONLY ones saying that.

Steve said...

4:33, are you kidding me" "Trained"?????

You yourself admit to all of us that the developmentally impaired need different handling! You yourself understand this from just seeing such a person, as we ALL do!

These "cops" were total a_holes and DECIDED to go against common treatment of such a person and wound up killing him.

Murder 1 in my book.

Zorro said...

OMG, your a blast....what an awesome response, and seemingly very accurate....love this!