Fact checking SLO County’s jail death narrative

August 29, 2017

Sheriff Ian Parkinson

While San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson admits to having some responsibility for the death of a mentally ill man at the county jail, he continues to promote a disputed narrative of the events that led to Andrew Holland’s death. [Cal Coast Times]

During a SLO County Board of Supervisor meeting last week, county officials discussed possible changes to jail and mental health policies and procedures. While county officials said they plan to improve inmate care through policy changes, critics questioned the county’s accounting of events and alleged failures to hold staffers responsible.

On Jan. 20, deputies strapped Holland naked in a restraint chair in the jail’s drunk tank where he remained until shortly before his death, two days later. During that time, deputies failed to provide Holland with adequate food and water or allow him to use a restroom.

Nevertheless, county officials have not mounted an investigation or reprimanded staffers accused of torture or neglect in the death of Holland.

Near the end of last week’s board meeting, Super visor Debbie Arnold made a motion to direct staff to explore the possibility of contracting with a private company to provide mental, medical, and dental care to jail inmates. The board unanimously approved the motion.

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20 Comments

  1. hijinks2 says:

    Say it isn’t so. So under Ian Civil Rights are ignored, inmates are tortured and likely staff are rewarded just like under the program called “POUNDAGE” at the City of San Luis Obispo. Under poundage when Ian was at SLO PD officers were purportedly rewarded for writing tickets to fat people. The supervising officer would take the MPH over the speed limit times the perp’s weight or the violation based upon a numerical scale times the perp’s weight and the highest total won money or free passes to local restaurants. So, the fatter the perp the more points an issuing officer would get. So say it isn’t so that inmates civil liberties were being violated under Ian’s watchful eye.

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    • thinkaboutit says:

      Speaking of fact-checking…

      I’m not defending Parkinson, not in the least, in light of the facts we know to-date with an ongoing FBI investigation.

      However, slanderous comments like these that make accusations of an entire City police department without any sort of verifiable proof are just rumors . And that’s a lame and lazy way to indict hardworking people who risk life and limb to keep people like you and me safe. So prove your statements with even the least passable effort or retract it.

      pur·port·ed·ly
      /pərˈpôrdədlē/

      adverb
      1. as appears or is stated to be true, though not necessarily so; allegedly:

      slan·der·ous
      /ˈslandərəs/

      adjective
      1. (of a spoken statement) false and malicious: “slanderous allegations” synonyms: defamatory, denigratory, disparaging, libelous, pejorative, false, misrepresentative, scurrilous, scandalous, malicious, abusive, insulting, mudslinging

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      • DocT says:

        Hardworking people who risk life and limb to keep us safe?

        First of all, being a cop isn’t dangerous at all. Fisherman, farmers, ranchers, roofers, construction workers, taxi cab drivers, janitors, and plenty of other professions are more dangerous than being a cop. Look it up and fact check me please. Then you’ll be instructed.

        So the notion that they “risk life and limb” is false. Construction workers risk far more to build you a new bathroom than cops. This isn’t in dispute except in the minds of those who believe the story cops tell about themselves. The national statistics don’t lie,however.

        As far as keeping you safe, don’t you mean writing you tickets? Have you ever been kept safe by a cops? Really?

        I know, we’re supposed to respect the uniform. Well, I look to the actions.

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