Disabled man's family disappointed by grand jury

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Associated Press

Posted on March 22, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 22 at 2:30 PM

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A lawyer representing the family of a man with Down syndrome who died in police custody says they are disappointed that a grand jury declined to indict the three Maryland sheriff's deputies involved in his death.

Baltimore attorney Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum said Friday that the family of Robert Ethan Saylor is also troubled that the Frederick County Sheriff's Office investigated its own officers.

She says the family wants to review the investigative file and autopsy report before deciding how to proceed.

State's Attorney J. Charles Smith announced the grand jury's decision about the Jan. 12 encounter earlier Friday.

The state medical examiner's office ruled the death a homicide. Saylor died from asphyxia while the off-duty deputies were trying to forcibly remove him from a movie theater at the management's request.

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