My daughter, Cristina, has Down syndrome, and I feel very protective of her. Her limited mental ability to communicate and understand makes her very vulnerable. My wife and I worry sometimes about how she will be valued and protected in society when we are not there for her. For that reason, the needless death of the young man with Down syndrome, Robert Ethan Saylor, at the hands of three off-duty Frederick County sheriff's deputies and resulting closed investigation, is very disturbing to us.
The three gentlemen involved are back on full duty. I wonder if because of his disability, Robert Ethan Saylor was regarded with lesser value and his death was not significant enough to warrant a full and open investigation. Mahatma Gandhi said, "A nation's greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members." I hope that this will be a guiding principle in seeking justice for Robert Ethan Saylor and in society's general regard for all our most vulnerable citizens.
James W. ApgarCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun