Friday, February 13, 2015

Washington: Fatal shooting of a rock-throwing man by Pasco police

The Franklin County coroner is considering convening a rare inquest jury to look into the shooting death of a homeless man by Pasco police earlier this week.

Coroner Dan Blasdel said controversy over the shooting of 35-year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes by a trio of officers would justify a coroner’s inquest, in which a jury is presented evidence of the shooting and decides whether the officers were justified in their use of deadly force.

“We don’t want another Ferguson here in Pasco,” he said, referring to the suburb of St. Louis, where the shooting of an unarmed African-American teenager by police in August sparked weeks of riots.

The shooting of Zambrano-Montes, which occurred Tuesday in front of dozens of bystanders at one of the city’s busiest intersections, has drawn sharp criticism from Mexican authorities, some witnesses and members of Zambrano-Montes’ family.

More:  http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/2025688052_shootingpascoxml.html

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