METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Sheriff Newell Normand seemed to hold nothing back at a Wednesday news conference where he spoke for the first time about allegations of police brutality against one of his deputies.
Normand said the high school student involved in the incident, 17-year-old Brady Becker, actually owes the arresting deputy an apology. Normand said he chose not to speak publicly about the case until now because he wanted to get all of the facts straight, and he said a lot has been misreported.
The cell phone video that started the controversy shows Detective Nicholas Breaux, who was working undercover, punching Becker during an arrest after a Metairie parade. Becker sustained a broken jaw and two black eyes. He claimed the deputy never identified himself as a police officer and abused his power.
Normand tells a much different story. He said Becker is to blame for the incident, and accused Becker and his attorney used the media to create hype from the beginning - even before Becker was released from jail.
He said his office had been investigating the incident and collected a lot of information about Becker's behavior before, during and after his arrest.
Becker's attorney said he is still planning to file a civil lawsuit against the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office for excessive use of force and police brutality. The FBI is also investigating the incident.
Normand says the JPSO will continue its investigation , and he encouraged anyone with information to come forward.
He believes, though, that his deputy did not use excessive force.