Last week an article in the news prompted me to consider what it might be like to live in a group home. This week, another article crossed my path that made me look beyond my own feelings and think about the job required by members of a grand jury who happen to hear cases involving deaths in police custody.
It’s been nearly two years since one of our own perished on the floor of his local movie theater.
As the world joins the discussion about police interactions with the public, new attention has been given to our personal struggle. Ethan’s case has been compared to that of Eric Garner, the man who was choked to death by police on Staten Island.
A recent NY Times article:
Mr. Garner’s death recalls a similar tragedy involving a less familiar name: Robert Ethan Saylor, a 26-year-old man with Down syndrome who was killed last year in a struggle with three off-duty county sheriff’s deputies at a movie theater in Frederick County, Md. Mr. Saylor was overweight. The officers who killed him were just as inept as Officer Pantaleo and his gang, though with one key difference: When they realized that Mr. Saylor was in distress, they tried to save him. Still, their efforts came too late, because mere moments in a facedown arrest can be deadly.