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Pasco Police Keep Public Safety As Top Priority

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PASCO, WA. -- The Pasco Police Department has been under the microscope for the last week after three officers shot and killed Antonio Zambrano outside a downtown bakery seven days ago.  

The video of the shooting that happened on Lewis Street has been seen over one and a half million times. It's sparked controversy and placed three officers on administrative leave. 

We talked to Pasco Police Spokesperson, Sergeant Scott Warren Tuesday, who says that officers are not on high alert for any retaliation from the community.

In fact, they've been working together with the family of Antonio Zambrano and the protesters to make sure everything remains peaceful. Sergeant Warren says the police department relies on support from the community to help keep everyone safe. 

"We need to work together," Sgt. Warren said. "For one, the community can't be safe without the police department. But we can't do our job without the cooperation of the community. We got to work together, and we have to continue to work together with the community. From one side of town to the other."

Sergeant Warren says losing three officers to paid administrative leave while this investigation is on-going will not be easy for the department. They are going to reassign some officers for the near future until the SIU investigation is over. 

We also asked Officer Warren about the internal investigation from the Pasco Police Department that will happen after the SIU investigation. The internal investigation will look into whether the Pasco officers followed the proper protocol when they opened fire on Antonio Zambrano.

After that is complete, the officers could also face a punishment handed down by the Pasco Police Department.