Who is Trayford Pellerin? (Lafayette PD’s Shooting Of A Black Man) Biography, Wiki
Louisiana’s Lafayette Police Department is under scrutiny after eyewitnesses took camera footage of Trayford Pellerin shooting whos was the department’s third shooting in five weeks, according to The Daily Advertiser.
The Louisiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other community leaders have expressed outrage following the police shooting of 31-year-old Trayford Pellerin.
LPD Provisional Police Chief Scott Morgan said the investigation was immediately handed over to the Louisiana State Police at a press conference on the night of the incident: “We don’t know how many police officers were involved at this point, witnesses – we’re handing this information over to the Louisiana state police,” he said. “That’s why we will conduct an impartial investigation by an independent department.”
— cheryl (@CAircraf) August 22, 2020
According to the Louisiana State Troop I newsletter, Pellerin was fatally shot on August 21 when he refused to stop walking from the Lafayette Police Department towards a knife market.
According to the news release of Louisiana State Police Association I, officers were summoned to a grocery store along the Northeast Evangeline Road around 8 pm due to an “illness” involving a person with a knife. It was in Peller’s market parking lot when the police arrived. The release says Pellerin “escaped the scene” when police officers “attempted to capture” her, which led to a spread chase.
Police tried to mock Pellerin, who was walking towards another grocery store, but the stun guns were “ineffective”. The officers then fired at him. “The officers unloaded their weapons and he was shot. Pellerin was later transferred to a regional hospital where he was announced dead ”.
The second market where Pellerin was hit was later approved as a Shell gas station on Northwest Frontage Road and Chalmette Drive, according to The Advocate.
In the statement, it was stated that no police officer was injured and the investigation was active and ongoing. According to the advertiser, the officers involved in the filming have since been on paid administrative leave.
The Daily Advertiser reports that 18-year-old Lafayette resident Rickasha Montgomery filmed the traumatizing event.
“When I heard the gunfire, I couldn’t hold my phone the way I did the first shot,” he said to the Advertiser. “I’m a little afraid of it. I was traumatized. You’re so used to hearing this, but I never thought I would experience it.”
The video was quickly shared on social media.
Lafayette La PD Shoot Citizen He is currently hospitalized. I’m posting this video before the police & the media tell us everything about this man, before they name the government officials who shot him. I’m posting this because he is human, & the government shot him. Repeatedly pic.twitter.com/TLusM2pKlN
— Gary Chambers (@GaryChambersJr) August 22, 2020
Much of what the eyewitnesses said in the eyewitness video matches the information in the news release. For example, they said that Pellerin was walking towards the grocery store with the knife even though she was told to stop.
“They’re about to arrest him,” a male voice said.
Then a woman’s voice: “He has a knife, but … This man has a knife.”
“They will shoot him,” the voice of a second person intervening.
“They have to wait and wait,” says another.
No, but he has a damn knife! Get down on the ground, ”said the woman,“ They make fun of him and he doesn’t even do anything. ”
It was later seen that multiple officers approached him with guns before firing at least ten shots at the screams of the recording of the incident. “Oh my God,” she said over and over again. “They just killed this man in front of me.”
ACLU of Louisiana Statement on Fatal Shooting by Lafayette Police Officers | ACLU of Louisiana https://t.co/SUYbsTr8LC
— alanah odoms hebert (@Alanah_ACLU) August 22, 2020
The ACLU of Louisiana released a statement on August 22 condemning the shooting and noting, “fatal shootings by police in Louisiana have continued unabated despite the pandemic.” Here are more remarks from their statement:
Once again, video footage has captured a horrific and deadly incident of police violence against a Black person who was brutally killed in front of our eyes,” said Alanah Odoms Hebert, executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana. “While we need to know much more about what occurred last night, we know that it began with a routine ‘disturbance’ call and cell phone video from the scene clearly shows Mr. Pellerin moving away – not towards – police officers, only to be tased and then brutally shot dead. Trayford Pellerin should be alive today. Instead, a family is mourning and a community is grieving.”
“Mr. Pellerin’s family and the people of Lafayette deserve answers and an independent investigation of what was clearly an inappropriate and excessive use of force by these officers. None of our communities are safe when the police can murder people with impunity or when routine encounters escalate into deadly shooting sprees. The ACLU of Louisiana will continue to demand justice for this brutal killing and push for reforms that will end the epidemic of police violence once and for all.”
The president of Lafayette’s NAACP, Marja Broussard, said that she didn’t understand why police were unable to defuse the situation sooner, according to The Advocate.
“How much time did they have to defuse it? … How much time did they have to do something other than shoot?” she asked. “I think that so much more could have been done.”
The Advocate reported that community organizers have planned a 5 p.m. rally for August 22 at the Shell station where Pellerin was shot.