With the advent of social media, we’ve seen a change in how news is covered. No longer are news cycles dictated by huge news agencies like CNN. Now, we’ve been given an outlet to address pertinent issues and pressing news out that’s relevant to our struggle. It seems as if every week there’s a police brutality story. It hurts us over here at Urban Intellectuals to always post these news stories. But, it’s necessary. Justice won’t be served if these information of these situations are repressed. And, now, we have to share another story of the police murdering an innocent black civilian.
There are several stories surrounding the death of 27-year old Dejuan Guillory. In this article, we’re reporting what we know to date about what occurred in chronological order. News affiliate WAFB reports:
“According to LSP, the deputy responded to an attempted burglary call in the town of Mamou Thursday morning at roughly 4:10 a.m.
When the deputy got to the scene, he found Dejuan Guillory. The release did not say whether Guillory was suspected of committing the alleged attempted burglary.
“Once contact was made, an altercation between Guillory and the deputy occurred,” states a press release. “During the altercation, Guillory was shot.”
Guillory was pronounced dead at the scene.
During the struggle, the deputy was injured and was taken to a local hospital. Officials did not provide details regarding his injury. The deputy, whose name was not provided, is reportedly in stable condition. Later in the evening, investigators with LSP arrested Dequine E. Brown, 21, of Church Point in connection with the case. Officials say Brown was with Dejuan Guillory during the incident. She is charged with attempted first degree murder of a police officer and was booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail.”
That was the initial report after the incident occurred. Later on, we found the name of the officer (Paul Holden LaFlure) and other “details” surrounding Dejaun’s murder. This next report was released in Pinpoint News.
“Mamou, LA- Ville Platte Deputy Paul Holden LaFluer was the officer involved in the shooting this morning. According to the family, the girlfriend of Deputy LaFluer had been having an affair with Guillory. Between 4-5am, Guillory and the girlfriend of LaFluer were out riding Guillory’s 4-wheeler to catch frogs; frogging. It’s reported that the officer sustained injuries in the scuffle that ensued but no gunshot as originally reported. Guillory was unarmed although his fists are considered deadly (fighter).
The family of DeJuan Guillory viewed his body and said that DeJuan Guillory was shot 4 times in the back. They saw NO exit or entry wounds on the chest. It is speculated by family members that because Guillory has a record and has recently served time for attempting to stealing an ATM, family members believe police said the deputy was there to investigate a burglary.
He’s beloved in the community by all races. All-star athlete, father, and business owner, Guillory fell on hard times and took to crime when he was younger. He turned his life around. He was seen last night in a good mood from being paid on a big concrete project. His family and friends are speaking out saying he had no need to steal anything. There is an outpouring of support for him on social media but the local media is not reporting on any details other than him being a possible suspect.
Community members in Evangeline Parish have stressed that their parish has a reputation for being the most corrupt department in the state.”
The burglary story seems fabricated, about as faulty as this supposed “affair” Dejuan was having with LaFlure’s girlfriend. Kierra Guillory, sister of Dejuan Guillory, posted this on her social media account.
Earlier today, the attorney of Dequince Brown spoke about the case detailing her and Dejuan’s side of the story.
“ According to Attorney Long, his client, Dequince Brown was the victim DeJuan Guillory’s girlfriend. On July 5th, the two went four wheeling in the Mamou area with plans to go frogging later that night. As they drove down one of the gravel roads, Deputy LaFleur began to follow them. Guillory turned off the road to allow LaFleur to pass, but instead the deputy continued to follow them and ordered them to stop and kill the engine. The stop changed, however, when LaFleur asked for their I.D.s.
Guillory told Lafleur that they did not have ID’s on their persons because they were going frogging and did not want them to be lost or damaged in the water. At no time did Lafleur question anyone about any alleged burglary. Instead, Lafleur grew angry with Guillory and got into his face. Guillory told him to “get out of his face” and Lafleur refused.
Guillory then pushed the officer away from his face. LaFleur then shoved Guillory and the two began fighting, with Guillory scoring at least two punches to LaFleur’s face. Brown implored her boyfriend to stop fighting and leave. Guillory then stopped the altercation and moved back to the four wheeler, preparing to leave. LaFleur then drew his weapon and ordered Guillory to get on the ground.
Guillory complied, laying on the ground on his stomach, and placing his hands behind his back. The officer then approached, placing his knee to Guillory’s back, while pointing his gun at Guillory. The officer ordered Guillory to “quit moving”, while placing his knee to Guillory’s back. When Brown told Guillory to just do what he says, Lafleur pointed the gun at Brown and said, “Shut the fuck up or I’ll shoot you.”
At that point, Guillory began pleading with the officer, telling him he was a father of three and didn’t want to be killed. Suddenly, a shot rang out into Guillory’s back. Attempting to save her boyfriend from execution, Brown jumped on the officer’s back, biting him on the neck. Brown weighs about 110 pounds and is about 5′, 5”. Immediately thereafter, LaFleur fired three more shots. Guillory never got off the ground.
The full audio of the testimony is below.