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ACLU Leader Meets With City Of Pasco On Use Of Force

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PASCO, WA- The deputy director of the ACLU of Washington was in Pasco on Wednesday to encourage a dialogue on the use of force by our local police departments.

Jennifer Shaw, who signed a letter requesting the Department of Justice get involved in the investigation of Antonio Zambrano's death spoke with NBC Right Now.

During her trip, Shaw met with Consejo Latino representatives, organizers of protests, the Pasco City Manager and a representative from the police department to start working toward what she said is a "dialogue" between the community and policing forces. Shaw is asking those in power to consider their use of force policies.

Shaw said the ACLU will continue to monitor the investigation, but for now, wants to work toward avoiding this situation in the future. She said most police departments only require that injuries or lethal force be reported, but believes that ignoring force such as kicking or punching, can turn into something much worse.

"Most policies around the country don't have a base level definition of force, and so you're asking officers to just kind of, know. What we mean when we said "use of force", and that's not fair to the officers and certainly not fair to the people that they're interacting with, " explained Shaw.

The ACLU hopes that officers will be taught how to avoid use of force instead of when to use force saying most situations can be de-escalated with that type of training.

Right now, the ACLU will continue to monitor progress during the pasco shooting  investigation, but hopes the DOJ will get involved to make sure that process is what Shaw calls "fair and impartial".

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