The police officers from Lafayette, Louisiana had responded to a disturbance call. They confronted 31-year-old Trayford Pellerin who was carrying a knife in his hand, according to police. A video taken by a witness shows Trayford Pellerin walking towards a convenient store, clearly walking away from the policemen. Yet he was gunned down, shot in the back at least ten times.
There was no need for the policemen to kill Trayford Pellerin. He was not a threat when they shot him. In their statement the ACLU Louisiana says: "None of our communities are safe when the police can murder people with impunity or when routine encounters escalate into deadly shooting sprees." Read the full ACLU of Louisiana Statement on Fatal Shooting by Lafayette Police Officers.