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Protesters march in Baton Rouge for Trayford Pellerin

Posted at 5:57 PM, Sep 11, 2020

Protesters took their concerns to the State Capitol Friday night, three weeks to the day after Trayford Pellerin was shot and killed by Lafayette Police.

They not only marched, but the Pellerin family filed a formal complaint for the police officers' names and bodycam footage to be released. That complaint filed with the State Department of Justice in front of the capitol.

Protesters started Friday's march in front of the capitol, but were quickly met with a roadblock when they wanted to speak with Attorney General Jeff Landry about Pellerin's case.

"We are here lawfully during business hours, so the governor does not have the right to trash the Constitution and stop people addressing the house of government," said Krystal Muhammad with the New Black Panther Party.

The march then continued to the Department of Justice. Pellerin family attorney Ronald Haley says the family deserves to have a fair fight.

"We stand here united today for the truth," Haley said. "Regardless of what side of the aisle that you're on, everyone should be okay with the truth coming out."

It's a feeling Alton Sterling's family knows all too well.

Sandra Sterling said, "I'm just tired. It's been four years and nothing happened. I really don't want to talk about it, but we just need justice, that's all."

Family members and activists say they will come back as long as it takes.

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