The details of the encounter are sketchy, but the use of lethal force by numerous cops against one lone Black man is once again highly questionable at best. That’s because shooting someone 11 times in the back is rarely anything but the peakest of overkill.
The man was at a gas station in Lafayette, Louisiana when someone called police to report a disturbance. At least half a dozen police arrived, and according to the eyewitness –who shot the video — he appeared to be holding a knife.
You hear cops order the man on the ground, but he continues to walk. The woman who shot the video says she saw police tase him, but he was still upright.
As the man reaches the door of the gas station convenience store, shots ring out — 11 shots, and the man is dead.
A spokesperson from the Louisiana State Police says the man was involved in an altercation in an intersection. 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.
Reportedly ALL the officers have been placed on administrative leaves. Sounds like they’ll have enough time to get their stories together. Set your watches for all the gymnastics from the police department and union, too.
The victim has since been identified as 31-year-old Trayford Pellerin. Police are maintaining that he was armed with a knife. Does that justify ELEVEN shots, though?
Watch video of the incident below and be warned that is it graphic.
This story is developing.