**A message from the NDSC
Senate Holds Hearing Honoring Ethan Saylor:
“Law Enforcement Responses to Disabled Americans: Promising Approaches to Protecting Public Safety”
Hearing Before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights
Patti Saylor, mother of Ethan Saylor, who was tragically killed by off-duty Frederick County, Maryland police officers when he refused to leave a movie theater, testified today at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing convened by Senator Dick Durbin (D. Ill). Also testifying was Sgt. A.D. Paul of the Plano Texas Police Department, who heads the Department’s comprehensive training program for police officers and other first responders using the Memphis CIT model. Sgt. Paul uses family members, advocacy organizations and people with disabilities in his training. Both Sgt. Paul and Mrs. Saylor presented at the 2013 NDSC National Convention in Denver.
Mrs. Saylor talked about how Ethan idolized police officers and considered them his friends. She felt that developing relationships between law enforcement and people with disabilities is crucially important.
NDSC thanks Senator Durbin and ranking minority member Senator Ted Cruz (R.TX) for bringing attention to this important issue.
We also want to recognize the community members who attended today’s hearing. Senator Durbin noted a larger room was required for the number of people in attendance, highlighting the significance of this subject and need for national attention to this matter.
You can view the entire hearing, and read testimony transcripts by clicking here.