Andrew Holland. Photo via The Tribune (SLO)
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, video obtained by The Tribune (of San Luis Obispo) shows.
The footage contradicts county officials’ version of events leading to the death of inmate Andrew Holland in January 2017.
The Atascadero resident was pronounced dead on the floor of his holding cell at 5:36 p.m. on Jan. 22, 2017, roughly one hour after he was released following nearly two full days strapped to a plastic restraint chair, The Tribune’s review of more than 100 hours of jail surveillance footage confirmed.
Matt Fountain of The Tribune reported that the county's medical examiner ruled Holland's cause of death as "natural" due to an pulmonary embolism, when a blood clot in his leg traveled to his lung.
The video from that day shows deputies watching from outside the cell as Holland writhes on the floor, struggles to breathe and loses consciousness. Some deputies are captured laughing at several points throughout the footage.