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Holland family plans news conference to address unanswered questions over jail inmate’s death

Posted at 6:56 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 21:56:05-04

The family of Andrew Holland, a man who died while in custody at the San Luis Obispo County Jail in 2017, plans to hold a news conference Thursday morning to demand answers to questions surrounding their loved one’s death.

The Holland Family Alliance will speak from a conference room at the Holiday Inn Express in Atascadero starting at 10:30 a.m. We plan to stream the event live on ksby.com.

Holland, 36, suffered from schizophrenia and died from a blood clot after being restrained in a chair for 46 hours.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson has denied wrongdoing by the jail staff. He said Holland was initially placed in the restraint chair because he was repeatedly punching himself in the face and that the county’s mental health department denied Holland a bed.

The treatment of Holland while he was in the jail sparked calls from some members of the community and the Holland family for Parkinson to resign. The sheriff is up for election on June 5 and the Holland family has donated thousands of dollars to the campaign of Parkinson’s challenger, Gregory Clayton.

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