Sheriff backs deputy in teen's Mardi Gras beating, arrest
HARVEY - A New Orleans area sheriff is standing by a deputy accused of using excessive force by a teenager arrested after a Feb. 13 Mardi Gras parade.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand spoke at a Wednesday news conference about the arrest of 17-year-old Brady Becker.
A widely seen cellphone video shows Deputy Nicholas Breaux delivering strong blows to Becker's face. Normand said evidence indicates Becker started the altercation because he was upset about the marijuana arrest of a friend.
While Becker's attorney claims excessive force was used, Normand said Breaux did nothing wrong while subduing Becker amid a crowd shouting obscene anti-police chants.
Becker has admitted drinking during the parade. Normand says his blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit for an adult and seven times the limit for a teenager.