Alonzo Horton told the director of the Youth Study Center that he entered a teenager’s room earlier this month to wake him up to counsel him about his bad behavior.
The teenager had threatened staff at the center, which houses youth awaiting trial in Juvenile Court, Mr. Horton said. The youth had also allegedly masturbated in view of female employees.
But videotape and incident reports tell a far different story about what happened Aug. 5. Mr. Horton allegedly entered the youth’s room at 7:20 a.m. carrying a sweat sock that had a hard object inside it. A New Orleans Police Department report says that he woke the youth and began beating him with the sock and also put both hands around his neck.