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Recap of Saturday's police protest in Lafayette following officer-involved shooting

Posted at 2:51 AM, Aug 23, 2020

Lafayette residents scheduled a rally in support of Trayford Pellerin's family after he was killed at the Shell station on Evangeline Thruway on Friday night following an officer involved shooting.

Trayford Pellerin
Trayford Pellerin

Three officers have been placed on leave since that night; we couldn't get confirmation that the three were put on leave in connection with the shooting. Read more about that HERE.

Despite the organizers telling protesters not to, the Evangeline Thruway was eventually shut down in both directions as protesters moved into the roadway.

Later in the night, at Moss Street and Pine Street, protesters gathered near the police substation on Moss Street. A standoff ensued with the SWAT team, and after warnings were given, canisters were fired off that displayed a flash of light and heavy smoke. Protesters soon dispersed afterwards.

A press conference was called by LCG and Mayor-President Josh Guillory at 10:00 p.m. Following the press conference by the Mayor-President, the NAACP held their own press conference outside the police station. They said they would address the mayor directly at 5:00 pm Sunday on city hall, calling the mayor racist and said the sheriff issued threats against them.

The NAACP also called out the "paid actors" brought into Lafayette that caused trouble at the protests, including starting fires.

RECAP from KATC'S Chris Welty:

RECAP from KATC'S Kendria LaFleur: