Thursday was the day the Saylor family delivered over 340,000 signatures to Governor O’Malley. So far there is a definitive non answer from the Governor as to whether he will reopen the investigation.
Kimchi Latkes writes an open letter to the Governor:
“You will look like a good ol’ boy politician who didn’t want to rock the police union vote. I’ve looked up your record. I understand you have a promising political career and that you are no stranger to hard decisions. I want to believe that you entered public office to advocate for us all, even if that meant making hard decisions. Use your power and stand for the truth. Order an independent investigation. Make me believe.”
Walkserville Mom does some behind the scenes research:
“I’m no political operative, and I maintain a healthy suspicion about bias in the media, but instinct tells me that there’s something fishy going on. Jenkins can claim that his deputies did nothing wrong but fail to answer basic questions like “How did his larynx get injured.” State’s Attorney Charlie Smith can say “We are an independent investigation. I feel very strongly about that.” The deputies involved don’t have to say anything, except to a grand jury in secret. The witnesses only get to give statements to other deputies (no pressure there). And Governor O’Malley can just be silent.
And everybody is OK with this? Is this really politics as usual?”
Patti Saylor said the best way to train for interactions with people who have intellectual disabilities is to have a relationship with them.
“We didn’t put on a training at our church for people on how to interact with Ethan, and he had hundreds of people at our church that knew him and loved him,” she said.
Little Bird’s Dad asks, “Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?”
“What parent of a child with Down Syndrome, or cerebral palsy, or autism, ADD/ADHD, (or any other physical or mental or intellectual limitation which, historically, frightens the uneducated masses) isn’t scared shitless of the possibility that under-trained, over-armed, and over-zealous “police” won’t kill their child over a $10 movie ticket.”
As a matter of fact I am scared that this could happen again…to my son or to anybody else’s. This is why I am fighting. Please join us in advocating for #JusticeForEthan.