Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
I'm wondering what the purpose was for the video, who made it and who let it circulate? (Video cameras would be a trick to smuggle in? Camera phone?)
With a multimillion dollar price tag for reforms at the jail, Mayor Mitch Landrieu said it's a consent decree the city cannot afford.
"It is clear the taxpayers cannot afford both the NOPD and OPSO consent decrees at the same time. It is important for the public to know the crippling consequences the City faces if we are forced to write the Sheriff a blank check," Landrieu said.
The sheriff said his investigators found no contraband despite what one of the videos showed and that the video may not be all it appears to be.
“The video quality looks like it’s been greatly changed up,” he said, alluding that the video may have been edited or altered.
Originally posted by AthlonSavage
Its disgraceful, damn lazy polticians need a kick up the ass and sent to the dole line for letting stuff like this go on in supposed civilsed society.
Originally posted by SELAboy
New Orleans resident here. The video is real. And while the fact that OPP is really messed up is no surprise, some of the things in that video even surpised me. And not sure where people got the idea OPP is closed. It is not. I pass it on the side of I-10 every day, tents and all. OPP is very much operational and not remotely close to being closed.
Gusman said "mounting criticism" about conditions at Orleans Parish Prison was a factor in his decision to start closing its House of Detention.
The video now making national news had been locked up in a safe in the Sheriff’s Office, which Gusman said he never knew existed.
"The House of Detention is a city-owned building in a state of disrepair and abhorrent lack of proper security measures," Gusman said in the statement. "I closed the House of Detention last year because of these problems."
Originally posted by tanda7
reply to post by Toots
You may find this documentary interesting;
In the days before the hurricane, when other citizens of New Orleans were ordered to leave, city leaders were asked: “What about the prisoners in the jail?” “The prisoners will stay where they belong,” replied Marlin Gusman, the criminal sheriff in charge of the city jail. But it was a gamble he would regret.