A Few of My Least Favorite Quotes – #JusticeForEthan

From the Archive: Originally posted 4/15/13

Man on a soapbox

There have been so many things said and written about the events of January 12th.  Some have been inspirational and give me hope.  Those things have come from other families who are outraged and saddened by Ethan’s death.

There have also been things that have made me furious!

Those things have been embed within the so called “facts” of the case, or come from people who feel the need to comment on something they know nothing about.

Here are a few of the quotes that fuel my rage, and make me certain that more needs to be done.

  • (March 28, 2013) Ruffino (senior adviser with the Community Relations Service, Department of Justice) said it is early in the process, but if the conflict meets certain criteria, his office will continue to work with the groups.
  • cynthiache  3/23/2013 9:04 PM EDT
    So Saylor ‘had no history of violence?” Maybe that’s true. It probably is. I suspect he had no history of violence because he was used to having his whims catered to. I think he did pretty much whatever he wanted to do and got away with it because he was “special.” His parents didn’t keep him in line; he was allowed to call 911 and the police so often that his mother brought cookies to the Sheriff’s department in gratitude for indulging him and not arresting him. I think when he was told to leave that theater it may have been the first time in his life he was not allowed to do something he wanted to do. And it ENRAGED him. I think that’s where the violence came from. For the first time in his life he was thwarted and he would not accept it. And that’s why he fought and cursed and had to be subdued. I guess his family and friends found his unrestrained behaviors cute and charming. But in the end it proved fatal.
  • (March 22, 2013 – State’s Attorney Press Release) This individual was already compromised by his Down’s Syndrome, obesity, body habitus, and heart disease, making him more susceptible to sudden death in stressful conditions which would compromise his breathing.

    And it’s difficult to choose from the words of Sheriff Chuck Jenkins.   There are so many.  But here are my top three:

  • (March 7, 2013) “It’s not only training.  Just look at how we live our lives, you know, we’re all human beings.  We all deal with people every day so it goes beyond just training.  I mean, there are human issues.  We all understand that.”
  • (April 13, 2013)  “Our findings in the internal investigation mirror those of the grand jury,” Jenkins said.
  • (April 14, 2013)  “I personally don’t believe it’s [an independent investigation] necessary,” Jenkins said Friday. “I think there’s enough said about the Saylor case. I think when it all comes out, the public will have a full view of what happened in the theater.”


But nothing has had as much of an affect on me as the words and photos posted by Ethan’s younger sister Emma.

One tweet had me in tears and her video of photos showing their loving relationship is enough to melt the strongest heart.

Emma Saylor ‏@emmasaylor11 Apr

“I want mommy” the last thing my brother said before he asphyxiated under the weight of 3 deputies #justiceforethan #downsyndrome

So why isn’t this enough?

These things, the ugly and the beautiful, should be enough to motivate the public to action.  Why isn’t there more public outcry?  How do we get these things circulated enough and create enough community tension to qualify for help from the DOJ?

This week, I’m spreading these quotes in hopes of doing just that.  I’m contacting people I know who are outside of the Down syndrome community and hoping they’ll see the need to get involved.   I trying to widen the circle of support.



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