Parkinson gains support after release of jail death video

March 31, 2018

Sheriff Ian Parkinson

While San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson has taken considerable heat following the release of video footage of Andrew Holland’s jailhouse death, Parkinson’s reelection campaign has simultaneously been drawing numerous large donations from supporters. [Cal Coast Times]

Over the approximately two weeks since the release of the Holland video, Parkinson has received a total of 20 campaign contributions of at least $1,000. Those 20 contributions total $27,176 that have been added to Parkinson’s reelection war chest.

Parkinson likely received additional contributions over that period. Only campaign contributions of $1,000 or more must be reported immediately.

The largest contribution Parkinson has received since the release of the footage has been from Giuseppe’s Italian Restaurant, which contributed $3,384 to the sheriff’s campaign on March 21. The day prior, Walter Brothers Construction donated $3,000 to Parkinson.

Parkinson also received two contributions of approximately $2,000. On March 21, Greengate Ranch and Vineyard contributed $2,060, and on Thursday, Borjon Auto Center gave Parkinson $1,982.

On March 21 alone, Parkinson received seven contributions of $1,000 or more for a total of $10,694.

Parkinson is running for reelection against retired police officer Greg Clayton, whom the Holland family is backing. Clayton, who is running on a campaign of justice and reform based on allegations of mistreatment of inmates under Parkinson’s watch, received a $25,000 contribution from the Holland family.

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AmericaTheFree. When you find the crystal ball the Sheriff should of used to see the inherent problems let us know, it will solve all the worlds problems.

You don’t need a crystal ball, all you need to do is be informed. The information you need on restraint chairs and their inherit risks abound if you just look for it, and a person in his position should be looking! I listed in a previous post the past deaths attributed to restraint chairs, and if that information is readily available to me how much more available and informative would it be to Sheriff Parkinson?

There certainly will be detractors regarding this. Although it is refreshing to see a leader admit that there are problems and accept responsibility for the problems and move forward to address the problems. I think the bulk of the responsibility lies on the back of the mental health department and the head of the department who abruptly retired with a severance package. Normally severance packages are not given out at retirement. Sheriff Parkinson is a leader that we don’t often see in todays world and deserves to be re-elected.

Sorry, but as Paso_citizen so aptly pointed out this so called “acceptance of responsibility” by the Sheriff was only after trying to pass this unpassable buck to anyone other than himself, and not getting any traction, did he “Man Up”.

The best leaders, by-the-way, are those who can see probable problems and resolve them in a proactive way and not sit back and react to them after the fact. This should be especially true with the problems that have occurred at that jail facility in the past. The Sheriff should have seen the inherent problems with a restrain chair and put his “more effective policies and protocols” in place that more than likely would have headed this off before it occurred.

Re-elected? No, he shouldn’t be. If for no other reason than to send a strong message to his predecessor that we the people will not put up with this anymore, especially on our dime…

Sorry, not “predecessor”, rather who will “accede” him.