As efforts continue by a state official and thousands from around the world for an independent investigation into the death of a New Market Man, Frederick County Delegate Kelly Schultz is sending her condolences to the family of Robert Ethan Saylor, the man with Down Syndrome, who died January 12th while in the custody of off duty deputies. "It was a complete tragedy what had happened. Anytime a family loses someone under any circumstances, it's truly heartbreaking. My thoughts go out to the family and my prayers for some sort of peace," said Schultz.
Senator David Brinkley is working with Saylor's mother to get information into current requirements for police training about people with disabilities. "I think a very valid push forward is to do what I believe Sen. Brinkley is working on with the family. I support that action in looking to see what criteria of the police academy that goes into it right now, because if there is a lack of training then we need to find that out," continued Schultz.
Much of the detailed information about Saylor's death has come from a criminal investigation file released by the Frederick County Sheriff's Office which indicated that the agency found the off duty deputies used reasonable force to detain Saylor, who refused to leave a Frederick theater after his movie ended. A Frederick County Grand Jury also decided not to bring criminal charges against the deputies. "The incident, itself, was a terrible tragedy and my heart really goes out to the family and everybody involved. It was a terrible thing that happened," said Delegate Michael Hough. "I think that it is something that we should look into to see what kind of training that all of our local and state police are receiving," said Hough.
Thousands are calling for an independent review. As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 339,000 people had signed an on line petition that is expected to be delivered to Governor Martin O'Malley's office on Thursday. A number of groups are planning a news conference in Annapolis Thursday, as well.