Started by Alaric I, February 18, 2013, 03:23:45 PM
QuoteDr. George Kirkham, a criminologist and former law enforcement officer, told the Frederick News Post that Saylor's death may have been caused by positional asphyxia.From the Post:Positional asphyxia is typically the result of an intense struggle and often involves a person who is handcuffed and lying on their stomach after the struggle. Kirkham said people often panic and can't catch their breath. People with larger stomachs are particularly vulnerable, he said, because their bellies will push into their sternums, making breathing even more difficult.Baltimore County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Jennifer Bailey said the case is still under investigation and that the three officers involved in Saylor's death -- Lt. Scott Jewell, Sgt. Rich Rochford and Deputy First Class James Harris -- "continue to work their normal assignments," according to the Post.Frederick County State's Attorney Charlie Smith said his office is reviewing the incident and has not decided whether to bring charges.WJLA previously spoke with Saylor's mom after the incident."He just loved unconditionally everybody," Patti Saylor said. "He has never had anyone put their hands on him in his life. He would not have been doing anything threatening to anybody."Police officers nationwide often lack appropriate training for dealing with suspects who have special needs, according to a study by Crisis Intervention Team International.
Quote from: "Alaric I"Quote from: "Thumpalumpacus"I don't think police officers should be allowed to work side jobs as security officers.Hmmm, I do why you'd think this but with the money they make they do need second jobs. Security is well suited for their skills, it's the fact that they feel they can use their authority at all times that gets me.
Quote from: "Thumpalumpacus"I don't think police officers should be allowed to work side jobs as security officers.
Quote from: "Johan"And my understanding is that in general, building security cannot lay a finger on you legally. They can ask you to leave, they can use very strong language to do so. But if you absolutely refuse, they need to call on-duty sworn officers to handle the situation. I believe that in most locations, if a security guard touches you, its an assault charge for the guard. If sworn officers want to work security in on their day off, they should be treated exactly the same as anyone else. If they touch you, its an assault charge handled by the courts, not internal affairs. And if anything, they should be treated more harshly by judges for such an incident because they, of all people, should know better.
Quote from: "stromboli"But because they were cops, on duty or not, their fellow officers and their organization will try to protect them.
Quote from: "Bobby_Ouroborus"He was handcuffed when they strangled him.