What started as a disturbance reported at a Louisiana gas station ended with a man shot to death by police.
Rickasha Montgomery, the witness who filmed the video, told the Lafayette Daily Advertiser that police tasered the man to no effect. Pellerin walked to a Shell gas station convenience store at NW Frontage Road and Chalmette Drive where he attempted to enter the convenience store while still armed with the knife, state police said. He had sought therapy for social anxiety and it was thought that he may have been having a mental-health crisis before he was killed.
Activist Jamal Taylor said the demonstrators who caused destruction Saturday night came from out of town. The police had to disperse the protesters with smoke bombs.
The Louisiana State Police said they were asked by the police department in Lafayette to handle the investigation. He was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Lafayette law enforcement used lethal force to take down Pellerin. "We fully support movement leaders' calls for a swift and transparent investigation into Mr Pellerin's killing".
The shooting was captured on video, and the state ACLU condemned what it described as a "horrific and deadly incident of police violence against a Black person". People have also called to have justice for Trayford Pellerin.
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Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump said in a statement sent to CNN that he was among the lawyers representing Pellerin's family.
Mr Crump said that the officers involved should be fired immediately for their "abhorrent and fatal actions". It's unclear from police reports, but it appears cops may have followed the man for half a mile before the fatal encounter at the gas station.
"We want policy changes as well, so that Ben and I are not in the living room with another family in Lafayette dealing with this", Haley said.
The Black Lives Matter movement has called for the defunding of USA police forces, with several states voting in favour of reallocating resources from law enforcement to social projects.