Parents of Man with Down Syndrome Sue Deputies in Son's Death
The parents of a young man with Down syndrome have filed suit against three sheriff's deputies after an altercation with the deputies left their son dead. Robert Saylor, 26, died in a Maryland movie theater when three off-duty deputies moonlighting as security tried to forcefully remove the young man from the movie theater. They were asked to remove the man after he went back in to see a movie he had just watched again. According to one report, the off-duty police manhandled the young man to the ground, and one of the officers jumped on his back. During the altercation it become apparent the victim could not breathe, and the officers called emergency personnel. Unfortunately, emergency responders were unable to save the victim's life, and he asphyxiated. Witnesses at the scene heard the victim crying out for his mother and screaming it hurts shortly before his death. No criminal charges were filed against the three officers in this matter.
However, this does not preclude the victim's parents from filing a civil suit against the officers, and this is exactly the route the family has taken. In order to prove some guilty, the burden is beyond a reasonable doubt, which is considered the highest burden to meet. Yet for civil cases, the plaintiff merely has to prove the defendant more likely than not created the harm.
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