The Latino Civic Alliance and some Pasco community members called Tuesday for an outside agency to investigate February’s deadly police shooting.
The group held a news conference on the steps of the Franklin County Courthouse to urge Prosecutor Shawn Sant to step aside in the case and also to criticize how long it’s taken to investigate the death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes by three Pasco police officers.
There have been similar requests from other state and Tri-City groups in the past four months.
“This is a reminder that his death was unnecessary,” said Nina Martinez, the organization’s chairwoman. The Latino Civic Alliance is a statewide organization that encourages Latinos to be involved in their communities. It also advocates for improved policies in a range of areas.
Tuesday’s speakers included college students, farmworkers, former Benton County Commissioner Claude Oliver, Fiesta Foods owner Craig Gaylord and others.
All the speakers focused on the need for a united community as people await Sant’s decision on whether to criminally charge the officers. The speakers also called for the need for unity once the decision is made.
Sant was recently given the Tri-City Special Investigations Unit’s lengthy report detailing the shooting of Zambrano-Montes. Officers Ryan Flanagan, Adam Wright and Adrian Alaniz fired at Zambrano-Montes 17 times after he reportedly was acting erratically and threw rocks at them.
Sant is expected to release the investigation to the public in a few weeks, though it could be months before his decision on charges is announced.