Family, Friends of George Barlow III Demand Answers

George Barlow III. Photo submitted

Relatives and others of a Bishop man who was hospitalized after a violent confrontation with Inyo County Sheriff's deputies came to Tuesday’s Inyo County Board of Supervisors meeting to demand “justice” and “accountability” regarding a July 24 incident.

Those speaking before the Inyo County Board of Supervisors Tuesday expressed concern regarding the incident that involved George Barlow III, 32, of Bishop, who the deputies encountered at about 2 a.m. July 24 while on an unrelated call. During the incident, which occurred near the Chevron gas station on N. Sierra Highway, a struggle ensued, a deputy shot and killed Barlow’s pitbull and Barlow was taken into custody.

“Mr. Barlow was transported to the hospital with one dog bite and multiple lacerations from the struggle, and the use of Taser darts and batons,” according to the ICO’s narrative that accompanied the release of the deputies’ body cam video.

Accusations of law enforcement brutality followed after the circulation of a video on social media showing the violent confrontation.

Inyo County Sheriff Jeff Hollowell said Tuesday that the Inyo County District Attorney’s Office will be handling an investigation into any potential criminal activity. He said an independent firm will be investigating whether the deputies acted within proper protocols and policies.

“I want to know what kind of justice you are going to give him (Barlow),” said Monica Sigala, Barlow’s sister, to supervisors on Tuesday. “He is everything to me. I don’t wish this on anybody. What would you do if you were in the position that my family and myself are in right now?”

Sigala said she was calling to the meeting with her father, George Barlow Jr., from the hospital in Loma Linda where her brother has been admitted.

“Did you watch the video?” Barlow Jr. said. “The video, from the very beginning, when it first starts shows that the cops were in the wrong and George never ever threatened their lives.”

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