Although we cannot confirm the authenticity of the video that has been posted to YouTube, it’s getting a lot of attention. A man throwing rocks at cars Tuesday in Pasco, Washington was fatally shot by police officers. YouTube footage of the alleged confrontation between the man, later identified as Antonio Zambrano-Montes, and officers has sparked protest and online anger.
According to Police Chief Bob Metzger, Zambrano-Montes threw at least one “softball sized” rock at officers and refused to listen to orders to put down the projectiles. Officers deployed a taser, but it had no effect on Zambrano-Montes. He was later pronounced dead on the scene and the shooting is currently under investigation. The three officers responsible for the shooting, Ryan Flanagan, Adam Wright, and Adrian Alaniz, have been placed on administrative leave as is common procedure.
NBC station KNDO/KNDU reported that protesters began assembling outside Pasco City Hall at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
“We just want justice because today it happened to us, tomorrow it could be any other family,” Blanca Zambrano, a cousin of Zambrano-Montes, told KNDO/KNDU. “It could have been avoided, there could have been other ways around it,” she continued in Spanish. “[The family] can’t believe it.”
She went on to say Zambrano-Montes, who had two daughters, recently suffered from depression after breaking both wrists in an accident at an orchard where he worked.