What a Drama! The Death of a Man with Down Syndrome …a Homicide!

trauerkerzeBy Simon McCormack Posted: 02/18/2013 12:57 pm EST  |  Updated: 02/19/2013 11:53 am EST

The death of a man with Down syndrome who was reportedly killed after lying face-down in police custody has been ruled a homicide.

WJLA reports that Robert Saylor, 26, of New Market, Md., was asphyxiated on Jan. 12, according to a medical examiner‘s ruling late last week.

A “law enforcement source familiar with the case” told the station that Saylor “went into distress when he was put face down on the ground.”

Police were reportedly called to a Frederick movie theater by employees who couldn’t get Saylor to leave. He had come to the theater with a health aide, paid admission for “Zero Dark Thirty,” but allegedly remained after it was over.

Dr. George Kirkham, a criminologist and former law enforcement officer, told the Frederick News Post that Saylor’s death may have been caused by positional asphyxia.

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