Lafayette, LA - Lafayette Fire and Police Civil Service held a meeting today at city hall. On the agenda was a motion for an appeal of the termination of former police officer Pablo Estrada.
Estrada did not attend Wednesday’s meeting, but his lawyer Allyson Prejean was present on his behalf. An appeal of Estrada’s firing was granted with no objections from either side.
Estrada was fired following an incident in November in which he punched and pushed a handcuffed man at the Lafayette Parish Jail. The entire incident was caught on surveillance camera.
Several people at the meeting spoke against reinstating Estrada including Michael Toussaint with the Lafayette Chapter of the NAACP. "We definitely have an issue with this because of him being reinstated with the police department solely because it’s not a race issue, it’s an issue of unjustified brutality," he said during the hearing.
He says he doesn’t feel it’s safe to have Estrada serving the Lafayette community. "He has no place on our police department and he’s not a safe individual to be put on our streets policing our citizens," Toussaint said.
News Fifteen spoke with Toussaint following the hearing. He says he thinks the video that captured the incident should be enough evidence to prevent Estrada from being reinstated.
"The evidence showing of his brutality against that particular individual that I believe that he will be removed from the Lafayette PD permanently."
We tried to speak with Estrada’s lawyer to which she declined. No date was set today for the appeal.