Black Man Has Died After Louisiana Police Fired More Than 10 Shots At Him As He Walked Away

AT SOME POINT WE MUST ALL COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THERE IS SOMETHING SINISTER GOING HERE

A 31-year-old Black man was killed by Louisiana police on Friday night while attempt­ing to walk away from offi­cers fol­low­ing an alter­ca­tion at a con­ve­nience store.

Trayford Pellerin was pro­nounced dead at a local hos­pi­tal after being struck by offi­cer gun­fire. Investigators said Lafayette police had been called to the scene fol­low­ing a dis­tur­bance at a con­ve­nience store along Evangeline Thruway and encoun­tered Pellerin, who was car­ry­ing a knife

Pellerin was unaf­fect­ed when police used tasers on him, the Louisiana State Police, which is inves­ti­gat­ing the shoot­ing, said in a state­ment.

Footage of part of the inci­dent, which cir­cu­lat­ed on social media, shows Pellerin walk­ing away from at least four offi­cers on foot, with their guns drawn, while oth­er offi­cers trailed in vehi­cles.

After a pur­suit on foot, in which Pellerin has his back to offi­cers, he approach­es the doors of a sec­ond con­ve­nience store. The offi­cers, who are only feet away, then shoot — fir­ing at least 10 shots as heard on video — and kill him.

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A state police spokesper­son told BuzzFeed News that the inves­ti­ga­tion is ongo­ing and did not pro­vide fur­ther details.

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, in a state­ment. “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.”

The Acadiana Advocate in Lafayette report­ed that this is the third time a Lafayette Police Department offi­cer shot some­one in the past five weeks. LPD inter­im police chief Scott Morgan told the out­let that the offi­cers involved would be placed on paid leave, pend­ing an inves­ti­ga­tion. His depart­ment has also turned over the inves­ti­ga­tion to state police.

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Pellerin’s death comes amid a nation­al reck­on­ing over the use of police vio­lence against Black peo­ple. Since the May killing of George Floyd, mil­lions have tak­en to the streets in protest of racial injus­tice and the uneven use of police force against Black peo­ple and oth­er minori­ties.

Local orga­niz­ers have orga­nized a protest over Pellerin’s death on Saturday in Lafayette.

Trayford Pellerin should be alive today,” Odoms Herbert said. “Instead, a fam­i­ly is mourn­ing and a com­mu­ni­ty is griev­ing.”