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LCG quiet after protests Monday afternoon

Posted at 11:09 PM, Aug 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-25 00:09:33-04

Lafayette City Hall is quiet after protesters were denied entry this afternoon.

Jamal Taylor, one of several protesters demanded to be allowed access to the council offices.

Taylor told a security guard, "I'd like a councilman if they're in the building, but if we can't come in the people's house that we pay taxes to open..."

Security would not let protesters inside LCG and officers were standing by in the lobby.

Meanwhile, protesters sitting at the main entrance of the building began chanting, singing and even sitting in silence for 11 minutes. They say each minute represents the number of shots fired Friday night.

"This is a tactic used all around the world. The truth is they'll make you feel like your incompetent and they don't want to hear what you have to say," Taylor said.

Monday was the first time Mayor-President Josh Guillory has publicly recognized Treyford Pellerin's family.

"Immediately when I heard the situation, I began praying and praying for his soul and praying for his family. I realize I could have formally recognized that earlier," Guillory said.

The Mayor-President acknowledges there is a family and community in pain, but maintains protests need to remain peaceful.

"I have a duty to protect life and property and I will do so."

Guillory met with faith leaders behind closed doors on Monday.

"I did offer an apology for things that could have been handled differently perhaps," Guillory said. "I don't know. Facts will come out and give clarification."

Protesters and community leaders are still demanding answers.

Tara Laxey with Unity 7 said, "We'd like the body cam footage. We would like the security footage."

Interim Lafayette Police Chief Scott Morgan said, "Please have faith in the system. It's not my system, it's not the mayor's system. It's the people's system and it takes a little time to get through that."

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