Posted On: February 28, 2013 by Alpert Schreyer

Maryland Man Who Died in Police Custody Said He Loved Law Enforcement

The death of a 26-year-old Maryland man is under criminal investigation by the Frederick County Bureau of Investigation. As reported by The Washington Post, the victim enjoyed talking with police officers and was a fan of the television show, “NCIS.” The man died after being restrained with three sets of handcuffs linked together, according to police spokeswoman Cpl. Jennifer Bailey. He had been watching a movie in a Frederick movie theatre. When the movie ended, the young man with Down syndrome wanted to see it again and refused to leave. Three off-duty Frederick County sheriff’s deputies working security for the shopping center were called by a theatre employee.

During the arrest the young man hit and kicked the non-uniformed deputies. After being subdued and placed in handcuffs, he slumped to the ground showing medical distress signs. He was pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later. The case has raised concern on the part of parents of those with Down syndrome. The attorney retained by the victim’s family said that although the family has not yet looked at autopsy reports, this incident and arrest were handled incorrectly from start to finish. An aide had been with the victim in the theatre, and the victim’s mother could have been called to the scene instead of sheriff’s deputies.

The tragic incident illustrates the need for better quality training for police officers. Spokeswoman Bailey said that all civilian and sworn staff had received training in how to deal with those who have mental health issues.

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