A Pasco, Washington Latino group has sent a letter to the Department of Justice asking for an investigation into the deadly police shooting of an unarmed Mexican-American man allegedly throwing rocks at the officers and caught on videotape.
"On behalf of the family of Antonio Zambrano Montes, I request the immediate intervention by the U.S. Department of Justice in the case involving the shooting by members of the Pasco, Washington police force of Mr. Zambrano," states the letter sent by the Consejo Latino chairman Felix Vargas to Attorney General Eric Holder and shared with Latino Rebels. "The victim was an unarmed civilian who was fleeing the police at the time he was gunned down on the afternoon of Tuesday, 10 February 2015. The incident was fully captured on cell phone videos which are posted on You Tube and which have drawn widespread national and international condemnation, including by the President and Congress of Mexico."
The city of Pasco is almost 56 percent Latino, according to the latest census figures, yet community leaders cite virtually no representation in local government and agencies. Weeks before the shooting community leaders had met with the police chief and stressed the need for further police training. The fatal shooting was the 4th police shooting in six months.