Captured on Video, Fatal Police Shooting of Rock-Thrower Sparks Protests in Washington State

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Several hundred people marched through the streets of Pasco, Wash., on Saturday to protest the fatal police shooting of a 35-year-old Mexican national, a slaying that the president of Mexico denounced as “regrettable and outrageous.”

Carrying signs and chanting, “Si se puede” (Yes we can) and “The people united will never be defeated,” the crowd walked from a city park and gathered outside a bakery at the intersection of 10th Avenue and Lewis Street, where Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot by Pasco police officers.

Police say Zambrano-Montes threw rocks at officers, striking two of them, on Tuesday. In a statement released the next day, the department said Zambrano-Montes ignored the officers’ commands to stop throwing rocks, one of which was about “softball size.” Officers used a Taser before ultimately opening fire, police said. Zambrano-Montes was pronounced dead at the scene.

The shooting was captured on video and was the latest in a series of high-profile fatal encounters between the police and public in recent months in cities including Albuquerque; Ferguson, Mo.; and New York.

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