New documentary details events surrounding the death of Ethan Saylor


Ethan Saylor
Ethan Saylor

published: 4 August 2015

A new documentary on the death of Ethan Saylor, a Frederick man with Down syndrome who died while police were restraining him, has been produced.

Ethan’s Law contains accounts from eyewitnesses who claim information they had on the incident was ignored by authorities. Saylor, 26, died from asphyxiation on Jan. 12, 2013 when three off-duty Frederick County Sheriff’s deputies forcibly removed him from a movie theater after he tried to stay for a second showing without buying a ticket.

Filmmaker Edward Rhodes said his documentary started as an expose on the incident and during the process, he believes he’s uncovered new information.

“The Masser’s themselves feel there was a possible cover-up scenario.” Rhodes said.

David and Charlotte Masser were in the theater that evening and said portions of the testimony they provided were not documented by authorities. In a clip from the documentary, David Masser said, “My testimony, I can’t speak for anyone else, but mine is very incomplete. There are things that are left out and there are things, when you leave part of a statement out, it might change the meaning of it.”

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