Perhaps you’ve seen in the news that a young man with Down syndrome was reportedly killed–asphyxiated after being restrained by police officers when he refused to leave a movie theater.
His name was Robert Saylor. He was 26 years old. You can go look at his picture here.
There are many friends within this community who are sad and angry. I am too. I am sad that a family lost their son and that there are many questions about how his death could have been prevented.
And yes, stories like this push the bruise of the challenges of special needs that lie ahead for Nella and her friends. And that hurts.
I am heartbroken for the Saylor family and what they are going through right now.
If you would like to read more about the incident and the investigation, you can read the Washington Post article about it here.
You can join me in signing a petition requesting further investigation of the Frederick County sheriffs involved here.
Much love to each of your families this weekend.