NEW ORLEANS -- Mayor Mitch Landrieu has released a statement critical of the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office after a video was uncovered that shows a gun, drugs and alcohol inside the jail.
“The videotape is outrageous," Landrieu said. "I have never seen anything like it."
The video was shown Tuesday in a federal court hearing regarding the pending federal consent decree over the Orleans Parish Prison. It shows an inmate in a cell flashing a handgun and showing off pills, money and crack cocaine.
The video also has inmates complaining about mold and the conditions in the jail.
Landrieu called for the U.S. Department of Justice to bring in a federal receiver to manage the jail.
"It is now clearer than ever that the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is not keeping the prison secure and our city safe," Landrieu said.
You can read the full statement below:
“The videotape is outrageous. I have never seen anything like it.
“How can we make our city safe when prisoners are coming and going from jail as they please, walking freely on the streets and then returning to jail with heroin, cocaine, and loaded weapons?
“This tape was hidden away from the public in a safe in the Sheriff's Office and only came to light when the City's legal team fought to uncover it.
“In light of this disturbing evidence, we again request the Department of Justice join us in immediately putting a federal receiver in place to manage the jail. It is now clearer than ever that the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office is not keeping the prison secure and our city safe.
“The people of the city are investing over $226 million to build new prison facilities and over $30 million each year in the taxpayer money to operate the jail. I cannot in good conscience cut vital services or raise taxes to put even more money into an office where waste, fraud, and abuse run rampant. The only way to fix the problem is to put a federal receiver in place that will run a safe and secure jail in a financially responsible way.”