The decision to charge a cop in South Carolina with murder after he shot a fleeing black man should be a “lesson” to city officials in Pasco, a community group said Wednesday.
Prosecutors in Franklin County should have similarly charged the three Pasco officers who fired at Antonio Zambrano-Montes in February, said a news release from Consejo Latino.
“Pasco passed up on an opportunity to do the right thing,” the release said.
Walter L. Scott, 50, was killed April 4 following a traffic stop in North Charleston, S.C. Officer Michael T. Slager was charged with murder a few days later.
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Consejo Latino and it’s chairman Felix Vargas have been outspoken about the shooting of Zambrano-Montes, calling for charges against the officers and a special prosecutor. The group says there are similarities between the South Carolina shooting and the Pasco one.
“This should be a lesson to the city of Pasco, which could have similarly requested that Franklin County charge the three policemen who killed Mr. Zambrano,” the release said.