FBI agents in San Luis Obispo investigating death of SLO County Jail inmate Andrew Holland, source says

Posted at 7:12 PM, Jun 19, 2018

KSBY News has confirmed FBI investigators are in town interviewing people as part of their investigation into possible civil rights violations at the San Luis Obispo County Jail.

A source revealed the interviews began Monday and will likely continue through the week.

The death of inmate Andrew Holland sparked the investigation. He died of a blood clot last year after being tied to a restraint chair for 46 hours at the county jail.

Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Sheriff Ian Parkinson has said Holland was restrained because he was suffering a psychotic episode and awaiting transfer to the mental health facility. His admission was denied by county health.

A legal expert told KSBY News after the FBI investigation is completed, and if there is enough evidence to move forward, the FBI will impanel a grand jury to seek an indictment against the Sheriff’s Office.

Holland’s death started a firestorm in the community with many calling on Parkinson to resign.

Holland’s family backed Greg Clayton who ran against Parkinson in the June 5 election.

Parkinson won the election by a wide margin.

Parkinson has maintained his correctional deputies followed protocol and that the FBI investigation will vindicate his office.