In light of the video, Landrieu said “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 fairness hearing will continue tomorrow in federal court and likely last through the week. Gusman will likely testify later this week.
Gusman and the state of his jail facilities have been under scrutiny for years. The Southern Poverty Law Center filed its federal civil rights lawsuit in April. It alleged numerous constitutional violations and inhumane conditions.