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Bridge blocked by group protesting police shooting

February 22, 2015

PASCO, Washington (AP) — A group, protesting the deadly police shooting of a Mexican immigrant, temporarily took over a bridge crossing the Columbia River.

The Feb. 10 killing of Antonio Zambrano-Montes __ captured on cellphone video by an onlooker — echoes recent police killings of unarmed black men in Missouri and New York City and has sparked calls for a federal investigation.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1MJQxFr) that more than 50 people were in the group as night fell Saturday.

The newspaper says the demonstrators shut down traffic along the cable bridge.

The marchers shouted “We will not be silenced” and “We are all Antonio,” referring to Zambrano-Montes, 35.

“This is about the right not to be shot by police because you have a rock in your hand,” said Alfredo Lamedo, 53, as he marched. “How many bullets were in that rock?”

The killing was the fourth by law enforcement officers in Pasco in less than a year. It has roiled this fast-growing agricultural city of 68,000, where more than half the residents are Hispanic but few are members of the police force or the power structure.

On Friday, the Mexican government said it expects Zambrano-Montes’ body to be returned to his hometown in Michoacan state, Mexico, late next week, according to McClatchy Newspapers (http://bit.ly/1D4tbVE.)

Mexico’s consul in Seattle, Eduardo Baca Cuenca, made a special trip to Pasco on Friday to meet with family members and community leaders.

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