From the article:
According to a civil lawsuit filed by Ethan’s parents, the deputies “tried to drag him from the theater,” and Ethan “ended up on the floor with at least one deputy on top of him.” The deputies said Ethan was asked to leave before they took him by the arms. They denied any wrongdoing in the case, which reached a settlement last year.
There on the floor of the movie theater, Ethan stopped breathing. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. His death, from asphyxia, was ruled a homicide. A Frederick County grand jury cleared the deputies of criminal charges.
Source: Calls For More Police Training On Disabilities Like Autism, Down Syndrome : NPR
The cops choked the man to death, and got off on all charges. They literally choked the life out of a man with Down’s Syndrome.
Patti Saylor, the man’s mother is trying to fight to change training so cops don’t become murderous bastards to people with disabilities.
I’m not sure I ever mentioned it, but I took a cognitive psychology class in college. the instructor taught how a cognitive state of arousal, like fight or flight, and aggressive situations, can derail common sense. It’s just human to panic, and that panic can be mitigated by certain actions.
However, he showed a COPS TV show clip, and literally walked through everything that police do, and how that enhances a cognitive state or arousal, and will probably amount to accidental disobedience, and panic.
He was frustrated because he had worked with local police programs, and they were not receptive to actual psychology in their process. He had done early work on cell phones and driving studies, and wanted to expand, but the more he looked at their process, the more frustrated he was. He felt lives were being lost to bad procedures that just made everything worse.
This was in the early 2000s.
Wish us luck!