The family of an orchard worker killed by Pasco police joined dozens of others Saturday to protest the decision not to criminally charge the three officers involved in the shooting.
The group of about 30 marched from Volunteer Park through the streets to the intersection where Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, was fatally shot in February.
The peaceful march was organized just days after Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant announced he would not charge the officers. Many have called for the officers to be charged with murder.
Before demonstrators took to the streets carrying banners with Zambrano-Montes’ face and chanting for Pasco police Chief Bob Metzger to resign, several people spoke to a small crowd at Volunteer Park.
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One of the speakers was Angela Zambrano, the aunt of Zambrano-Montes. She lashed out at police and prosecutors during a heartfelt speech that drew cheers from the crowd.
Zambrano questioned the decision by the three officers to fire 17 shots and asked why less-lethal force wasn’t used to subdue her nephew, who was high on methamphetamine and throwing rocks.
“For him to die like that is not fair,” she said through a translator. “Not even an animal deserves to die like that.”
Police monitored the protesters from a distance and called rally organizers when people began to block the intersection at 10th Avenue and West Lewis Streets. No arrests or problems were reported.
Protesters told the Herald they will continue to demonstrate and speak out against police brutality until officials in Pasco hold the officers accountable for shooting Zambrano-Montes.
“Here we are again for justice for my nephew,” Zambrano told the crowd. “After seven months, only God and my family know the pain we feel.”