Riot cops face off with BLM protesters in Lafayette, Louisiana after police shooting of Trayford Pellerin (VIDEOS)
Riot police officers have arrested several Black Lives Matter protesters blocking roads in Lafayette, Louisiana following a vigil for a man shot and killed by cops while resisting arrest and trying to “walk away.”
Crowds of activists gathered on Saturday evening at the Shell gas station along Evangeline Thruway, where Trayford Pellerin, 31, was shot and killed Friday night.
Protestors have formed a arm-linked chain across NE Evangeline Thurway at Willow Street. pic.twitter.com/FDl4dfmUOd— Ashley White (@AshleyyDi) August 23, 2020
A group of protesters demanding justice soon spilled onto the road, blocking it with a human chain, and declaring that “nobody gets past this line!”
Initially peaceful, some protesters reportedly threw bottles and rocks at police cars, and faced off with a line of riot cops.
Sam Flugence leading the crowd. pic.twitter.com/mV3A2CmjZg— Katie Gagliano (@katie_gagliano) August 23, 2020
Police declared the gathering “unlawful,” making several arrests and using smoke grenades to disperse the remaining crowd, according to Acadiana Advocate reporter Katie Gagliano.
Pellerin was shot nearly a dozen times after Lafayette Police Department officers responded to a disturbance call about “a man with a knife” at a gas station around 8pm Friday, and later died in a hospital.
This is what was deployed into the crowd earlier. At first launch protestors believed it might be tear gas but it was some kind of smoke bang. pic.twitter.com/CXXkH2ILOa— Katie Gagliano (@katie_gagliano) August 23, 2020
Denouncing the incident as yet another example of systemic racism, BLM activists and a local ACLU branch branded it a cold-blooded “murder,” and accused police of escalating a “routine encounter” into a “deadly shooting spree.”Also on rt.com Louisiana cops shoot & kill black man as he ‘walks away’, tries to enter gas station ‘armed with a knife’ (DISTURBING VIDEOS)
While the investigation is ongoing, Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory was forced to address public anger in a late Saturday statement, insisting that the officers used deadly force against Pellerin only "when it became apparent the armed individual was attempting to enter a convenience store, threatening the lives of the customers and workers inside."
An armed individual was shot and killed by Lafayette police officers after an extended pursuit, numerous efforts to de-escalate the situation, and multiple tries to subdue the knife-wielding suspect through the use of tasers.
Meanwhile, in Lafayette, Louisiana, cops murder another Black man, shooting him 11 times in the back as he walks awaySay his name: #TrayfordPellerinpic.twitter.com/x25WVbBKTzWe at @TENDEMANDS demand #JusticeforTrayfordPellerin — and all victims of police violence— Anti-Fascist AWK (@AWKWORDrap) August 23, 2020
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