On August 21st, Trayford Pellerin – a 31-year-old Black man – was killed by Lafayette police officers outside a convenience store. Cell phone video of the incident clearly showed Pellerin moving away from the officers, but they shot him 10 times, killing him. An autopsy later showed no evidence that officers had tased him before using deadly force.
Trayford Pellerin’s family recently joined the ACLU of Louisiana’s Justice Lab for a virtual town hall to demand justice and the immediate release of all body camera footage of the incident. Trayford’s father Cedrick, mother Michelle, aunt Choicey, and his sister Tereneca shared their memories of Trayford as a loving son, nephew, and brother.
The family’s attorney, Ron Haley, discussed the woeful lack of transparency and accountability and expressed the family’s commitment to getting the truth.