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ACLU Releases Letter Calling for Federal Investigation Into Pasco Police Shooting

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PASCO, WA. -- The ACLU is calling for a Federal investigation into the police shooting death of Antonio Zambrano. 

In their official letter addressed to the Department of Justice, the national ACLU group out of Washington D.C. questions the integrity of the Special Investigation Unit's on-going investigation. 

In the letter that was just released Tuesday, the ACLU says a Federal investigation into the Pasco Police shooting would be "fair and impartial." 

They also say; "The community's trust in its police department has been seriously shaken. Through involvement in the on-going and its own investigations, the DOJ can assure the community that the facts are fully investigated and help to improve equality, fairness, and public safety for all residents of Pasco."

We talked with Doug Honig from the Washington ACLU. He pointed to a good track record in the state as one reason for asking the DOJ to get involved. 

"The DOJ has a lot of experience around the country in investigating police issues," Honig said. "And even here in Washington, they've been very involved in investigating use of force by Seattle. And the result has been an on-going reform effort under a court order and a court settlement with DOJ that's bringing reforms to the way Seattle Police operate."

Honig also told me that the ACLU has taken it's time looking at all the evidence in the shooting, including sending representatives to Pasco to talk to local leaders, before calling for the Federal investigation

We reached out to the Department of Justice for a comment late Tuesday afternoon but our phone call and email was not immediately returned.