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04-14-13, 10:48 AM #1
Video of inmates using drugs, cell phones, beer, and handgun causes political conflicts in New OrleansA political brawl has broken out between the mayor and a sheriff who runs the city jail, which has come under scrutiny for a video showing inmates using drugs, drinking beer and handling a gun.Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked a judge last Tuesday to take the extraordinary step of placing the jail under federal oversight, effectively wresting control of it away from Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. Landrieu is upset over an agreement Gusman reached with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the jail, saying the city, which funds the jail, can't afford the potential expense.
Shown to a stunned courtroom audience, one video showed inmates smoking, snorting and injecting drugs. Some drank beer, some had cellphones and one inmate ejected bullets from a handgun.In another video, an inmate was seen wandering Bourbon Street and boasting, "Y'all know I'm supposed to be in jail right now."
04-15-13, 10:14 AM #2
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