Video shows inmate died naked on the floor as deputies watched
–After releasing an inmate who’d been bound naked in a restraint chair for 46 hours, sheriff’s deputies at the San Luis Obispo County Jail watched as the man writhed on the floor, lost consciousness and later died, according to a new video released and a report done by The Tribune.
The footage contradicts county officials’ version of events leading to the death of Atascadero resident and inmate Andrew Holland in January 2017.
Holland was pronounced dead on the floor of his holding cell at 5:36 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2017, one hour after he was released following nearly two full days strapped to a plastic restraint chair, according to the report.
Protest and rally Saturday in SLO over County Jail torture
– As a result of the newly released, gruesome video exposé of the year-old death of Andrew Holland, several county organizations are planning a protest rally in front of the County Courthouse.
“Torture is torture,” said Tarrah Graves of the SLO County Progressives, one of several organizations planning the rally. “No amount of spin can explain what’s crystal clear in this video: Andrew Holland died after being tortured.” The rally is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in front of the County Courthouse, Monterey at Santa Rosa streets, in San Luis Obispo.
“We plan to rally against the injustice occurring at the jail,” Graves said. “We will have a ‘restraint chair’ where activists will take turns sitting in it for 46 straight hours in front of the courthouse to bring awareness of this major criminal justice issue.”
Some 11 other in-custody inmates have died at the SLO County Jail, ranking it one of the most fatality-prone locally run jails in the nation, at three times the national death rate, according to a press release from the SLO County Progressives.