I often say that 95% of the world is great to Marcus. Then I do everything I can to protect him from the other 5%. I never dreamed that 5% would include the police. The news about Robert Saylor, who died in police custody, is a nightmare. Every parent, I think, upon seeing a tragic situation wonders, Could this happen to my child? To Us? The press indicated that the police report says the Mr. Saylor, a man with Down syndrome, refused to leave a movie theater, kicked and cursed at the police. While I feel my son would not do this, even in his most stubborn moments, I also fear that perhaps Mr. Saylor did not either. And even if he did…was he so threatening to the police they had to place him face first onto the ground?
The report indicates that Saylor's death by asphyxiation is certified as a homicide because the man would not have died if it weren't for the presence of the officers. In response to a call for an independent investigation, the DOJ representative is quoted as saying, “We’re trying to assess the situation and see how much community tension there is.”