FOX 8 received this statement Tuesday afternoon from New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, in response to videos shown during the federal court hearing on the OPP consent decree:
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.