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Letter to U.S. Attorney General Officially Sent, Requesting Outside Investigation for Zambrano Case

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The letter asks for the U.S. Attorney General to investigate the Zambrano death. The letter asks for the U.S. Attorney General to investigate the Zambrano death.
Pasco, WA- Local organization, Consejo Latino requested an outside investigation into the death of Antonio Zambrano.

Felix Vargas and the group Consejo Latino had a presence in Pasco during the week Zambrano was shot, but now they want to take more action.

The letter Vargas sent Tuesday asked for U.S. Attorney General to look further into this case and he hopes the answer is yes because he wants the right outcome for the Zambrano family and the community.

The shooting of Zambrano happened exactly a week ago and there have been many protests surrounding it.

The Special Investigation Unit is working to see whether three Pasco Officers violated police policies when they shot and killed Zambrano, but Vargas said that is not enough.

"It's police investigating police," said Vargas.

Vargas said just because Pasco Police are not involved in the investigation, there is still a conflict of interest.

"We need a separate set of eyes, higher level, independent inquiry here to establish exactly what happened," said Vargas.

In the letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Vargas explained all the details of what happened with the incident and made a reference to the widely seen YouTube video of Zambrano being shot.

There is even a section outlining the previous records of the officers involved in this case.

Vargas then mentioned how the SIU conducts their investigations.  Overall, he is asking for change.

"Changes in the way the police are trained, in the way police handles causes involving mental illness, substance abuse, in the ways it handles people with no arms, no weapons, and where people speak a language other than English," said Vargas.

Vargas and the Zambrano family hope for light in this dark situation.

"We hope that something good can come out of this," said Vargas.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto released a statement about this shooting calling it a “disproportionate use of lethal force.”

Vargas said he expects to hear something back from the Attorney General in the next four to five days.

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