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Pasco Police Chief Meets With Department of Justice Official

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PASCO, WA. -- On Monday, Pasco Police Chief Bob Metzger met with a representative from the Department of Justice. Chief Metzger met with an unnamed official from the Department of Justice's Conciliation Services, which is their public relations department. 

The representative from the Department of Justice was on hand Monday for a half hour meeting at the Pasco Police headquarters. In the closed door meeting, the chief offered the full support of the Pasco Police Department for any actions the Department of Justice deems necessary in this case.

We sat down with Pasco Police Captain Ken Roske Tuesday afternoon. He says the meeting went very well. 

"His meeting with them was very positive," Captain Roske said. "He offered the police department's full support in anything the Department of Justice wants to look at as far as our department and the community here. So it was a very positive meeting from that standpoint."

We received several Facebook messages from people who were upset that Saturday's protest blocked traffic on the Cable Bridge. We asked Captain Roske about the incident Tuesday afternoon. He said Pasco Police are taking a very hands off approach to the protests. The only time they feel the need to get involved is when public safety is at risk.

The incident on the Cable Bridge was not planned and happened very quickly as police scrambled to keep traffic away from the protesters. The Department of Justice is reportedly still in Pasco. Thursday evening, the Hispanic rights group Consejo Latino will meet with the DOJ official.