$1.9 Million Settlement Reached in Death of Disabled Frederick Man

“Nothing will compensate the parents for the loss of their child…”

The parents of a man with Down syndrome killed when Frederick County sheriff’s deputies dragged him from his seat in a movie theater have settled their lawsuit for $1.9 million. Ethan Saylor was 26 in January 2013 when three deputies, despite recognizing that he had Down syndrome, arrested him for the “crime” of trying to watch a movie a second time without buying another ticket.  The deputies dragged Ethan, who had been sitting quietly waiting for the movie to begin; they wrestled him to the floor, where his larynx was broken. The wrongful death lawsuit also alleged excessive force and violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Joe EspoSharon Krevor-WeisbaumAndy Freeman, and Jean Zachariasiewicz represented Ethan Saylor’s parents.

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