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Judge blocks Pellerin Family From Seeing LPD Body Camera Footage

A temporary restraining order granted Tuesday prohibits the release of information related to the shooting death of Trayford Pellerin and the identities of the officers involved.

Posted: Sep 9, 2020 5:32 PM

A temporary restraining order granted Tuesday prohibits the release of information related to the shooting death of Trayford Pellerin and the identities of the officers involved.

The Pellerin family met with Mayor-President Josh Guillory who told them he would try to let the family see the body camera footage of their loved one who was shot more than 10 times by officers leading to his death almost three weeks ago.  Now the family is left feeling hopeless with a new restraining order stopping that from happening.

“That gave a level of hope, a level of comfort, and a level of peace but all that was destroyed yesterday,” Ronald Haley an attorney for the Pellerin family.

He said for this temporary blockage to happen right before Pellerin’s funeral is disheartening.

“This is another shot and I think it’s insensitive for this to be filed two days before the funeral,” said Haley. “Now they’re dealing with questions about injunctions and legal proceedings when all they want to do is put their loved one to rest and get answers.”

 The individual officers' attorneys were the ones who filed the restriction.

The order was granted by Judge David Smith which stops Louisiana state police, LPD, and LCG from sharing any information related to the three officers including statements, documents, reports, or audio-video footage taken during the shooting. That means the family will not be allowed to see the body camera footage.

Only those involved in the investigation are able to see the information and evidence. 

However, Haley says there are ways to show the family the video without showing the identities.

“There are things that can be done to block faces out, take names off of things and things can be redacted in order for the family to get some sense of closure,” said Haley.

He and his team plan to fight that next week because he believes there’s another reason the body camera isn’t being shown.

“It can be from the small crime to the most serious crime, but if it’s beneficial to their investigation that comes out,” said Haley. “When it’s not, we see those things suppressed. I think common sense shows that what is on that video is not depicting the version of events that law-enforcement has put out there.”

But if that isn’t the case he says the family will understand if they see it for their own eyes even if it hurts.

“As hard as it would be for the family they would accept that if that’s the truth,” said Haley.

Mayor-President Josh Guillory has directed City-Parish attorneys to advocate for the accommodation of a private viewing for the family of the footage at a hearing scheduled on September 15, 2020.

Tomorrow Trayford Pellerin will be laid to rest right here in Lafayette. Reverend Al Sharpton is expected to speak at his funeral which we will air on News15 starting at 11 am.

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