New Orleans Sheriff Can’t Explain Video Showing Inmates Carousing


Embattled Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman spent more than four hours on the witness stand in federal court, weathering questions over his ability to run a legal jail, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He took a few minutes lambasting Mayor Mitch Landrieu; defending his stewardship of a dangerous jail facility; and trying to explain his vague memory of a scathing video showing inmates carousing in and out of jail, and why he never turned the tape over to the district attorney. Gusman’s memory of the tape proved sketchy. He watched the tape on a “very small screen,” and said, “It wasn’t much that I saw.” In court and at a news conference, Gusman suggested that the video had been doctored, despite the fact it was found in a sheriff’s office safe. No one in three videos, which show an inmate roaming the French Quarter and numerous inmates injecting or snorting drugs, and toting Budweiser beer cans and the gun, was charged with any crimes for contraband.

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