Three out-of-town protesters were arrested Saturday for trying to block a Pasco intersection during a march to mark the three-month anniversary of Antonio Zambrano-Montes’ death.
Tri-Cities Community Solutions organized the event and, in talking with Pasco officers at a Volunteer Park rally, agreed to stay on the sidewalks during the two-hour march around the city, according to police.
However, just 20 minutes into the march, police started sending out alerts over Twitter advising motorists to drive with caution because some people were walking on the streets.
When the march reached 10th Avenue and Lewis Street — near the spot where Zambrano-Montes was shot and killed Feb. 10 by three Pasco officers — a group of people tried to stop traffic in the intersection, said Sgt. Scott Warren.
The group was told to move on and police were able to clear the intersection.
Once the march wrapped up at Volunteer Park, police had bench warrants to arrest the three protesters for impeding traffic, said Warren.
Jose Manzanonieves and John Chacon, both of Tacoma, and Alfredo Llamedo of Spokane were booked into the Franklin County jail on suspicion of unlawful street and/or sidewalk interference, a misdemeanor.
Warren said his department thanks the community for being patient and cognizant of the marchers, and members of Tri-Cities Community Solutions for their cooperation and help in keeping everyone safe.