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15 Feb, 2015 08:24

‘Ferguson everywhere’: Hundreds protest cops killing Latino worker in Washington

‘Ferguson everywhere’: Hundreds protest cops killing Latino worker in Washington

Around 1,000 people took part in a peaceful protest to denounce the recent fatal police shooting of a Mexican-born 35 year-old American in a town of Pasco, Washington State.

READ MORE: Man shot dead by police in Washington State after throwing rocks (VIDEO)

Hundreds of people, mostly from the Pasco’s Hispanic community, gathered in Volunteer Park on Saturday to commemorate Antonio Zambrano-Montes, an unarmed Mexican national, who was killed by police officers on Tuesday.

Speakers from local and state levels, as well as clergy addressed the crowd, reminding it of the importance of maintaining peace – and the rally confined to Ferguson-styled placards and mottos, like “It’s protect and serve, not obey or die,”“Use your training not your guns” or even “We are all Antonio.”

An aerial view of the anti-police brutality protest at Volunteer Parkin in Pasco #PascoShootingpic.twitter.com/0tLQSFul1M

— Sarah Gordon (@SarahGordonTCH) February 14, 2015

Family members of Antonio Zambrano-Montes lead large march in #Pasco now. #PascoShootingpic.twitter.com/inuSzrIOQL

— Joshua Trujillo (@joshtrujillo) February 14, 2015

“We have not yet had the time to cry. We are angry, we are very angry but we also know that getting angry and violent is wrong,” Sandra Barragan, a cousin of the Zambrano-Montes, whose death is now being compared to those of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York last year, told the Guardian. “Everyone said [the police action] was not right, there could have been a different method. We still can’t believe this … we lost a family member.”

Antonio Zambrano-Montes was raised in Michoacan, Mexico and lived for about a decade in Pasco, where he worked as an apple picker, with his wife and two teenage children. He died of gunshot wounds to the torso, according to a coroner's report released on Friday.

The #PascoShooting rally continues to grow in numbers. Participants asking for peace and justice. #Pascopic.twitter.com/ncXJnHiS4n

— Chelsie Hadden (@ChelsieHadden) February 14, 2015

"What do we want? Justice!" is one of many things the protestors are yelling as he March. #PascoShooting#Pascopic.twitter.com/L4YpbLOqQB

— Chelsie Hadden (@ChelsieHadden) February 14, 2015

With the calls “Black lives matter, Hispanic lives matter” and “Hands up, don’t shoot”, the rally turned into a march, led by the family members of the killed father of two, who chanted “El pueblo unido jamás sera vencido”“The people united will never be defeated” in Spanish.

READ MORE: Mexico condemns shooting of man by Washington State cops for throwing rocks

The American Civil Liberties Union’s director for Washington State, Kathleen Taylor, who was present at the rally, commented “There is a saying that if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. Use of violent force must not be the only tool that our police officers have. They need the skills and training to enable themselves to respond in different ways.”

Here's a #roofie from today's March.. I counted 1,300 in the Pasco march.. Here, at the scene of the shooting.. pic.twitter.com/XSjXUua9nb

— Allen Schauffler (@allenschauffler) February 15, 2015

On Friday, the criminal investigation confirmed that Zambrano-Montes was not carrying a firearm or knife when he was shot dead, but three police officers found his behavior “threatening”, as he was throwing rocks at police and cars at a busy intersection. Then, his widow made a decision to sue the city for $25 million – for the police having used excessive and unnecessary force.

The death of the orchard worker is the fourth fatal police shooting in Pasco, which is an agricultural city of 68,000 residents, with a Hispanic majority. In all previous cases the officers responsible were cleared by prosecutors.

A group is blocking intersection in Pasco, where man was shot and killed on Tuesday. Shouting about "racist police." pic.twitter.com/1QkL9JFvTg

— Nick McGurk (@NickKIRO7) February 15, 2015