MARYLAND

Ethan Saylor's death spurs demand for investigation

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP/WJLA) - A spokeswoman says Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is committed to improving police training after a man with Down syndrome died in the custody of Frederick County deputies in January.

Saylor, 26, died while being removed from a movie theater in Frederick. Family photo.

Spokeswoman Takirra Winfield says the Democratic governor is considering all options after meeting Thursday with Robert Ethan Saylor's family members.

Winfield says O'Malley has been exploring ways to better educate police about people with developmental disabilities. 

But she says O'Malley hasn't decided whether to order an independent investigation into Saylor's death. 

"The death of Ethan Saylor is a tragedy, and we are exploring all options to ensure that this never happens to another Marylander again. The Governor had a very good meeting today with Ethan Saylor's family and with an advocate for individuals with Down syndrome," Winfield said in a statement.

The 26-year-old died of asphyxia as three deputies, moonlighting as mall security officers, tried to remove him from a movie theater because he hadn't bought a ticket for a repeat viewing. 

"We want to know what occurred without a detail left out. No matter what the outcome is, it's the truth," said Patti Saylor, his mother.

A Frederick County grand jury declined to indict the deputies for what was ruled a homicide.

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