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Tri-City Latinos Want Feds To Investigate Pasco Shooting

Demonstrators held signs and shouted chants like "It was a rock, it was a rock," outside Pasco City Hall Wednesday afternoon.
Demonstrators held signs and shouted chants like "It was a rock, it was a rock," outside Pasco City Hall Wednesday afternoon.

Some Latinos in the Tri-Cities are renewing their call for a federal investigation into last week’s Pasco police shooting.

They talked with the press outside a Kennewick police media briefing Thursday.

Felix Vargas of the Pasco business group Consejo Latino said he’s meeting with the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington next week. Vargas said he doesn’t want just the neighboring town of Kennewick’s police to conduct the investigation into the death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes last week.

“In short what we want is a full set of eyes at the state, national level to be done,” Vargas said. 
“The eyes of the world are upon Pasco, we have an opportunity here to do something that is credible.”

Vargas said he’s also been talking with Senator Patty Murray’s office and the office of Governor Jay Inslee.

Last week, Zambrano-Montes had reportedly been throwing rocks in the busy intersection, when he ran from police and was shot.

There were more than 40 witnesses and Kennewick police investigators are taking interviews. It’s still unclear if Zambrano-Montes was carrying a rock at the time police shot him on the Pasco sidewalk.

Now, Zambrano-Montes’ family is filing a $25 million lawsuit against the City of Pasco.

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