A statement released late Tuesday afternoon from Mayor Mitch Landrieu noted that the city helped expose the video footage.
“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,” Landrieu said.
The videos appear to be taken years ago inside the House of Detention, a now shuttered facility.
Gusman’s office, in a released statement, highlighted the fact that the House of Detention “is a city-owned building in a state of disrepair and abhorrent lack of proper security measures.
The video footage bolsters allegations by the U.S. Justice Department and the Southern Poverty Law Center. Both portray the prison complex as rife with violence, constitutional violations, and more.