Metro Crime Commission chief says tape has been in Marlin Gusman's hands for a number of years
The head of the Metropolitan Crime Commission says Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman owes the public an explanation following the release of a video made by inmates at the Orleans Parish Prison - showing prisoners drinking canned beer, gambling and having access to drugs and a gun.
The video was shown Tuesday at the Orleans jail reform hearing in federal court.
"That tape has been in the sheriff's custody for a number of years," says Crime Commission President Rafael Goyeneche. "Yet, there has not been any disclosures of any investigations or the outcome of any investigations."
Goyeneche says he wants to know why Gusman kept quiet about the video and whether the sheriff conducted investigations into the activities shown in the video and what the outcome of those investigations were.
Goyeneche says it appears the inmates had a reason for making the video.
"I think in looking at that video, it's very obvious that that was intended to be what I would call a 'shock and awe' video - where those inmates were driving home a point about what they could sneak into the jail," Goyeneche said.
Goyeneche also says he wants to know how the inmates shown on tape got all of that contraband into one cell. He says he suspects they were assisted by at least one sheriff's deputy.