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Hispanic Leaders Meet With Federal Attorney for Eastern WA about Pasco Shooting

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 PASCO, WA - Members of the Hispanic group Consejo Latino met with representatives of the U.S. Attorney's Office of Eastern Washington Wednesday night, to discuss the Department of Justice's involvement in the investigation of the recent officer involved shooting of Antonio Zambrano in Pasco.  Here is a news release sent Thursday morning describing the outcome of their meeting:

PRESS RELEASE
 
9:00 PM, Wednesday, February 25, 2015
 
Members of the Consejo Latino met for two and one-half hours on Wednesday evening, February 25, 2015 with Michael Ormsby and A. Aine Ahmed, U.S. Attorney and Assistant U.S. Attorney, respectively, for Eastern Washington.  The U.S. Attorney is the top U.S. Department of Justice official for Eastern Washington.
 
The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the written request submitted by Consejo Latino to U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder on February 16, 2015 for a separate Department of Justice investigation into the shooting death of Antonio Zambrano by three members of the Pasco police force on February 10, 2015.  The request was based on widely-held community beliefs that the local police investigation of the police shooting was perceived as a conflict of interest and was lacking in credibility and impartiality.
 
Following lengthy Consejo Latino presentations addressing the rationale for federal intervention, the U.S. Attorney described the process by which the federal government could intervene and outlined actions that it would take immediately.  The U.S. Attorney made three points:
 


  1. The U.S. Department of Justice has a broad range of options at its disposal for intervention, with associated timelines.  While it is not inclined to intervene at this time, it will keep these options open.
  2. Effectively immediately, the U.S. Attorney's office will commence monitoring the ongoing police SIU (Special Investigative Unit) investigation of the police killing of Antonio Zambrano.  In so doing, it will complement the current FBI monitoring actions.
  3. The U.S. Attorney will address systemic issues in the Pasco police procedures, policies and practices, with the intent to provide remedies and workable solutions.  The U.S. Attorney will provide specific suggestions at a later point. (Note:  Consejo Latino pointed to four provisions of the Pasco police's own policy manual which were violated by the three police shooters.)
 
Discussions were cordial and deemed to have been very productive by Consejo Latino and the U.S. Attorney.

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