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Pasco Protest Recap

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Nearly 700 protestors showed up at the demonstration. Nearly 700 protestors showed up at the demonstration.
PASCO, WA- Pasco Police said they made no arrests Saturday during the protest and that everything was peaceful until about 6:30 p.m. Saturday evening.

Police said at that point a group of about 75 people refused to leave the 10th Avenue and Lewis Street intersection.

Everything changed a lot from the start of the day to the finish.  There was not nearly as much activity Sunday as there has been, but here is another look at how the day started Saturday, and how it ended.

Several hundred people gathered to peacefully rally at Volunteer Park to show their support for the change.  The day started off with several speakers talking about peace.  The organizers even asked people to remove masks and to take down any offensive signs. 

Right across the street, supporters of police gathered together to let their voices be heard.

"We support their actions, we support the fact that they risk their lives everyday for us," said Kenneth Taylor, law enforcement supporter.

The march to 10th Avenue and Lewis Street began, with Antonio Zambrano-Montes' family leading the way.

"We don't want to have anymore incidents like this, that's what we want.  Not just for our family, but for anybody else," said Maria Madrigal Zambrano, cousin.

The march ended and the so did their peaceful protest. Things took a turn quickly when several supporters, some from outside the Tri-Cities, decided to take matters into their own hands.

"We're going to be out here for as long as it takes to get justice because that's what it's going to take," said Emma Kaplan, supporter from Seattle with the October 22nd Coalition.

Police told protestors to move to the sidewalks or they could be arrested.

"When the public's safety is put at risk, that's when things change," said Sergeant Scott Warren, Pasco Police Department.

Organizers at Volunteer Park said that group was completely different from them and that they wish to peacefully have their voices heard.

"I'm here to do it here at City Hall to try to get the answers that we need the right way.  We're not going to get answers anywhere else besides right here," said Ben Patrick, one of the supporters at the Volunteer Park rally.

The protestors who organized the march Saturday at Volunteer Park said they plan to continue standing outside city hall for as long as it takes them to see the change they asked for.

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