NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – An alleged beating behind prison walls is the subject of an internal investigation in the Orleans Parish Prison.
The female victim says she was attacked by several women while deputies watched.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter spoke exclusively to the woman who was recently released from the hospital.
“They didn’t protect me at all,” the victim said.
Regina Broussard is battered and bruised.
Within hours of being booked for battery on her boyfriend, she was jumped by several women inside the Orleans Parish lock-up.
Broussard says she did nothing to provoke it.
“And she just went boom and kicked me in my face while I’m sitting on the ground, then another girl come behind me, grabbed me and you know through me down to the ground and they just tag-teamed me.”
“I was kinda like well where is the people at that’s supposed to be running the place or watching?” the victim’s mother Angela Turner asked.
And that’s the question Broussard is raising.
She points out that she hadn’t yet been transferred to the jail; instead she was attacked inside the Intake and Processing Center.
Not once, but twice; and she says deputies allowed it.
“Because I heard them. “They said I’m not touching her she’s bleeding. “Blood (was) everywhere.”
“You in central lockup and you get jumped on? “So you mean to tell me you in central lock up and you might lose your life?” Turner said.
The jail is widely considered among the most dangerous and dysfunctional in the country.
It’s understaffed, and the Orleans Parish District Attorney is investigating if deputies smuggled contraband into the jail.
Cell phone video reportedly taken behind prison walls is part of the investigation.
“It’s like the prisoners is running the jail house to me,” Turner said. “You know if all of this is going on.”
“The impact was so hard Darian that I couldn’t believe I was just hit,” Broussard recounted. “I didn’t know what had happened.”
Broussard was eventually rushed to the emergency room for what could be permanent scars.
“I have a cracked bone right here and cracked bone right here, so I have to have plastic surgery.”
Doctors cannot perform surgery until the internal swelling subsides.
A spokesman for Sheriff Marlin Gusman says the office is aware of the incident, and it’s under investigation.
The victim’s mother says Sheriff Gusman called her personally to promise a thorough investigation will be conducted.