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NAACP asks for transparency and cooperation from law enforcement on Pellerin shooting

Posted at 7:45 AM, Sep 04, 2020

The Lafayette Parish NAACP Unit is asking for transparency and cooperation from law enforcement and officials involved in the investigation into the shooting death of Traford Pellerin.

At a press conference on Friday, the NAACP announced a list of demands they hope will be met. Also at the press conference were the attorneys and family of Trayford Pellerin.

As part of their demands, the Lafayette Parish NAACP Unit called on Louisiana State Police to coordinate investigation efforts with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Department of Justice.

They asked that the Lafayette District Attorney's Office produce formal charges against all of the officers involved in the case. No officers have been charged or named in connection with the shooting. The NAACP also asked that the Lafayette Police Department release the names of the officers involved as well as make public all officer body cam video or surveillance video in the area in relation to the shooting that night.

On Thursday, the attorney representing the family of Trayford Pellerin released the preliminary findings of an independent autopsy report. The NAACP has demanded on Friday that the coroner's office release their full autopsy report on Pellerin..

"Transparency is imperative," an attorney for the NAACP stated at the press conference. They hope to set up weekly meetings with the Lafayette Police Department's Community Relations Committee until new policing policies are put in place.

According to a press release from Roland Haley and Associations, Pellerin suffered 10 gunshots directly into his body with an additional two to three more wounds as a result of “projectile fire” from officers with the Lafayette Police Department.

Read more: Family of Trayford Pellerin release preliminary findings of independent autopsy report

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