Sheriff Parkinson needs to come clean with the voters  

May 31, 2018

Sheriff Ian Parkinson

Opinion by the Holland Family Alliance

The Holland Family Alliance today issued the following open letter to SLO County Sheriff Ian Parkinson:

On Saturday, May 25, we scattered Andrew’s ashes at sea on what would have been his 38th birthday. It has been nearly a year and a half since Andrew died in the jail you command, yet we are lacking basic answers to extremely troubling questions about what actually happened to Andrew.

You have publicly stated numerous times that Andrew was not released from the restraint chair because he was combative, he would not accept medications, and that jail staff could not involuntarily sedate Andrew. The video of Andrew’s time in the restraint chair definitively shows that Andrew was never outwardly aggressive or combative with
jail staff.

The limited records which do exist, as well as the video evidence, show that Andrew did in fact receive a sedative injection approximately 90 minutes after initially being placed in the restraint chair; thereafter, he is variously described as “calm” and “responding appropriately to questions.”

Additionally, the video evidence clearly shows that Andrew was not afforded any opportunity to use the restroom in violation of Sheriff’s Custody Policy 523, that Andrew never received appropriate and policy-compliant range of motion exercises from custody staff in violation of Sheriff’s Custody Policy 523, and that Andrew was held in the restraint chair for a period of time greatly exceeding that which was necessary to control his behavior, also in violation of Sheriff’s Custody Policy 523.

Andrew Holland

You have publicly stated numerous times that jail custody staff appropriately followed all policies and procedures. This does not appear to be a true or accurate statement.

Based on the facts known today, several fundamental questions are raised that demand an honest and credible answer from you. We believe we are not only entitled to these answers, we further believe that it is not reasonable or appropriate for the electorate to go to the polls without having answers to these fundamental questions.

These issues speak directly to your veracity, honesty and your willingness and ability to address the very serious challenges of overseeing the SLOCounty Jail.

1. If Andrew was not combative with staff and accepted sedative medications, why was he kept in the restraint chair for over 46 hours? Given his lack of combativeness and his sedation, the prospect is now raised that his continued restraint was the product of utter indifference to his life and safety, or that he was kept restrained as retaliation or
punishment by custody staff.

2. Do you acknowledge that custody staff did not follow the relevant and applicable policies concerning restraint (Sheriff’s Custody Policy 523-Use of Restraints) with Andrew, or do you continue to maintain that your staff followed all policies and procedures appropriately?

3. Given the implication has been raised that Andrew’s time in the restraint chair was punishment or retaliation, and that jail custody staff were not following restraint policy, what are we to infer from the fact that the correctional sergeant who ordered Andrew into the restraint chair and the correctional lieutenant who was notified of this action on Friday, January 20, 2017, have since been promoted to correctional lieutenant and correctional captain, respectively?

Is there an explanation which you can provide for why the staff members responsible for these horrendous actions have not been disciplined and have instead been rewarded for fatal errors of judgment at best or malicious intent at worst?

Mr. Parkinson, you are claiming to be the person who can bring the Sheriff’s Department and the SLO County Jail out of the darkness that surrounds them. If that is true, you should be willing and able to give the voters and citizens of this county, as well as our family, honest answers to these questions. We look forward to your candid and definitive answers to these questions before Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

The Holland Family Alliance seeks to bring transparency, accountability and reform to San Luis Obispo County’s broken mental health and criminal justice systems. If you would like more information about this topic, please contact 805‐801‐1728 or email at


Looking at the thumbs up / thumbs down votes on the comments on this post is interesting. On all previous posts regarding this incident, the anti-Parkinson sentiment was overwhelming. Now, just a few days before the election, out of nowhere anti-Parkinson comments have negative ratings and pro-Parkinson comments have positive ratings. My instinct tells me that the Parkinson campaign has enlisted supporters to head over and write positive comments and rate comments to be beneficial to him.


I think it just has to do with the fact that Greg Clayton is running the least respectable campaign that the county has ever seen. People are realizing that the only words that come out of his mouth have to do with Ian because he isn’t qualified for the job and he thinks running a smear campaign will get him said job for some reason


Mariposa vandalism is hateful and very immature manner…yes you are absolutely correct. Did you watch the video of the torture and murder of Holland? And the Sheriffs laughing as he died? Wow! Talk about a hateful and very immature manner. And yet people STILL will vote for him?


Shelworth I’m really confused. Are voting for him because of vandalism (which happens on all sides) and yet he runs the jail like concentration camp? How many people have to die?


Campaign sign vandalism is a symptom of progressive hatred expressed in a very immature manner. How does destroying the campaign sign of an opposing candidate help their cause?

Sweethome, it is not confusing. Shelworth is saying, if I understand him/her correctly, “Hey, the people in Clayton’s camp are hateful, arrogant, rude people. I don’t want to cast my vote for a candidate whose followers act like out-of-control spoiled democrats.”


All sides, really? Like all the Hillary signs that got vandalized in the last Presidential election? I’ve just about had it with Progressives turning a blind eye towards their minions, Antifa, BLM, etc, the left is out of control, stomping on the Constitution. Open borders, gun confiscation, I could see the end of the United States in my lifetime if things don’t change.


When will we get back our $5,000,000? Never. How can we prevent future disasters? Very simple. STOP VOTING FOR CORRUPT POLITICIANS. GET RID OF ALL OF THE ALCOHOLIC/DRUG ADDICTED/VIOLENT POLICE OFFICERS. CLEAN UP THE CORRUPTION IN CAPSLO. San Luis Obispo is a beautiful town. There are many wonderful people. BUT PEOPLE NEED TO WAKE UP! If we don’t stand up and fight back and vote, this will become “their town”, not ours. Our local government has become nothing but “their” own little country club. It’s your/our choice!


You sound like a conspiracy theorist…

Jorge Estrada

I know of other parents who have had to deal with the painful misplaced guilt for having a child with Andrew’s diagnosis. Some were able to place their child in the care of the State and their child was well cared for. This was for the best interest of their adult child, sadly the result of Andrew’s placement, was for the best interest of nobody. I have exponentially greater respect for Sheriff Parkinson with his steadfast resilience and good nature in this dark time. He continues to learn and improve on the dish he had been served. I didn’t vote for him in the beginning but he has earned my vote ever since.


I was on the fence about Sheriff Parkinson, until I drove South on 227. All of the Parkinson signs have bee vandalized. He’s got my vote.


Parkinson will never come clean. Typical corrupt govt employee.


People should know that Andrew Hollands parents actually had a restraining order on him and refused to do anything to help him in his recovery from his drug addiction and mental illness.


And this changes what happened at the jail how?


Sorry slow mark I don’t have the time to spell it out for you..


Just imagine if County Mental Health had provided a bed for Andrew, none of this would have happened and he would be still alive. It’s my understanding that County Mental Health did indeed have a bed at the time of the request. Where should the majority of blame be placed in this matter?


The blame has already been determined and appropriate action was taken with the firing of the Department Head of Mental Health. It has been stated that he retired. But if he just retired why was he paid a severance pay? Hmmmmm-Hush Hush maybe?


And when are the taxpayers going to get back their 5 million?


Are you aware that county health paid the majority of that settlement?


Are you aware that’s still taxpayer money?


It was insurance actually. I’m sure your twenty dollars didn’t go toward it.


It was COURT ORDERED that Holland be sent to Mental Health. Sheriff’s Dept attempted to make that transfer but the County Mental Health refused that transfer. Maybe Mr. Holland should have been placed with his family, but wait, they had a restraining order against him. No one is talking about him being violent and mental at the same time which makes it almost impossible to deal with except with approved restraints available at that time.