LAFAYETTE, Louisiana – Louisiana police shot and killed a man as he tried to enter a store with a knife in his hand, authorities said Saturday.
The incident was filmed on video, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) called it a “horrendous and deadly incident of police violence against a black person.”
State police said in a statement that Lafayette police officers responded to a report of a riot caused by a man with a knife at 8 p.m. Friday.
The man fled when they tried to arrest him. They then tried to arrest him with stun guns, which didn’t work, according to the statement.
State police said the man still had the knife when he tried to enter another store, and then he was shot. Trayford Pellerin, 31, was taken to a nearby hospital, where his death was certified.
No officers were injured.
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Louisiana State Police said they were tasked with the investigation by the Lafayette Police Department.
The ACLU of Louisiana called for an investigation into the death of Pellerin, whom it identified as black. “Once again, a video camera has captured a horrendous and deadly incident of police violence against a black person who was brutally killed in front of our sight,” Executive Director Alanah Odoms Hebert said in a statement Saturday.
“Trayford Pellerin should be alive today. Instead, a family mourns him and a community is saddened ”, he added. “None of our communities are safe when the police can murder people with impunity or when routine incidents turn into deadly shootings.”
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