Sheriff contacts FBI over witness recording of arrest

Published: Jun. 24, 2016 at 1:20 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 24, 2016 at 2:29 AM CDT
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JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said Thursday that his investigators are meeting with the FBI over cell phone video of the arrest of a suspect accused of killing a JPSO deputy.

The sheriff said there's no doubt that his officers struck Jerman Neveaux several times while trying to access his hands and disarm him.

A FOX 8 viewer captured video from an upper floor apartment not far from where Deputy David Michel was shot.

The sheriff said his office has tried calling the witness, who was visiting from out of town, but so far they haven't been able to reach her.

"I think she may have seen more than what the video actually depicts, so I wanna see what she saw," Normand said. "I wanna hear from her what she actually saw. I think it's my obligation to do that, obviously, because she's witnessed something and it actually caused her concern because she actually handed it over to the media."

Normand said he reached out to the FBI.

"We participate in a joint task force with the FBI on civil rights, so I reached out to them today to tell them what my concerns were and to ask for their assistance in reaching out to this witness," he said.

The sheriff also said there's no doubt his officers arrested the right man, despite comments by Neveaux's grandmother that there may have been another person involved.

Normand shared how witnesses played a big role in Neveaux's capture.

"So they have pictures of this thing going down," Normand said. "We have five eyewitnesses who put him at the location right away."

The sheriff also said he has received information from the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office that Neveaux was a known member of a gang in New Orleans.

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