This afternoon on Spud's show on WWL radio, a former OPP inmate turned actor raised doubts about the authenticity of the infamous video allegedly of Orleans Parish prisoners with coolers of beer and a gun.
Ameer Barraka says he's been talking to people in the projects, some of them drug dealers. "And the first thing they say is, 'It's staged.' And I said, 'Why would you say that?' And it was 'the gun. The way the guys were responding.' And one of the biggest things was, 'Why would they mess up their connection?' If they could get drugs in, if they could get beer in, to assuage their anger or whatever they're going through while they're serving their time, why would they jeopardize that by going on camera?"
Barraka said inmates would be unlikely willing to go on camera, because that would be a new charge.
Sheriff Marlin Gusman also indicated in court and during a news conference yesterday that he's not sure the video is real.
Criminologist Peter Scharf, also on Spud's show this afternoon said bringing a gun into a penal institution is a high grade felony, and "Who's going to risk that for 13 seconds of ephemeral fame?"