Family of Black Man Killed in Police-Involved Shooting Filmed on Cell Phone Says 'He Didn't Deserve This'

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Choicey Pellerin, Trayford's aunt, told USA Today that her nephew enjoyed spending quality time with family. She also remembered Trayford as having a "big heart."

"He loved to cook for me," she said. "He did get a chance to live with me for about a year, and every day when I got off from work I had a home-cooked meal."

Choicey added: "He was very quiet. He had a big heart. He would give you the shirt off his back. He was just an overall great kid. He didn’t deserve this."

Officers involved in the incident were put on administrative leave, USA Today reported. Civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who also represents the family of George Floyd, told the outlet: "His family believes that he was suffering a mental illness crisis and what he needed was a helping hand. But what he got was what looks like 11 bullets."

“Once again, video footage has captured a horrific and deadly incident of police violence against a Black person who was brutally killed in front of our eyes,” Alanah Odoms Hebert, executive director of the ACLU of Louisiana, said in a statement on Saturday. “While we need to know much more about what occurred last night, we know that it began with a routine ‘disturbance’ call and cell phone video from the scene clearly shows Mr. Pellerin moving away — not towards — police officers, only to be tased and then brutally shot dead."

Hebert added: "None of our communities are safe when the police can murder people with impunity or when routine encounters escalate into deadly shooting sprees."

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