October 11, 2020 | News | No Comments
A Hispanic advocacy group in Seattle is calling on the Justice Department to investigate the police shooting of an unarmed man in Pasco, Washington on February 10.
A letter signed by Felix Vargas, chairman of the local community group Consejo Latino (Latino Council), sent to Attorney General Eric Holder this week argues a federal probe into the slaying of 35-year-old Antonio Zambardo-Montes is the only way to ensure a credible investigation into the actions of the officers.
“[It] appears inescapable that the lethal force applied by these police officers was excessive in the extreme and, as such, it constituted a violation of Mr. Zambrano’s constitutional rights,” the letter reads. “For the sake of the community, we believe it is imperative that the U.S. Department of Justice assume control of the investigation immediately.”
Citing previous and ongoing investigations concerning other recent police shootings in the area, Vargas explained that the conflict of interest for a local inquiry would be clear and said “any investigation of this killing conducted by fellow police officers will have no credibility whatsoever” among community members.
Zambrano-Montes’s death was caught on tape in a cell phone video that went viral shortly after its release. In the 23-second footage, he is chased across the street, arms raised, by three police officers—Ryan Flanagan, Adam Wright and Adrian Alaniz. Near the end of the video, he stops and turns around to face the officers, who then open fire.
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