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Demonstrators Protest Pasco Police Shooting

Demonstrators gathered in Pasco, Washington, Wednesday afternoon, to protest the fatal police shooting of a man killed after allegedly throwing rocks on Tuesday night.

Antonio Zambrano-Montes was "not acting like himself" before his encounter with police outside a popular Latino grocery store in Pasco, family members said.

At Wednesday's protest, which took place outside a police press conference, demonstrators chanted "Antonio, Antonio."

The police, for their part, said, "Please trust us like you always have." But the sentiment in the crowd was that many never have trusted the Pasco police department.

A YouTube video shows several police officers running after Zambrano-Montes across a crowded intersection. Some bystanders caught the incident on cell phone footage and posted the clip.

In the video, a man appears to have his hands above his head as he’s running away, and then he faces officers with his hands raised before the shots come.

Zambrano-Montes' cousin Maria Madrigal saw videos of the shooting.

"I think it could have been handled completely differently," she said. "They said they Tasered him. But yet in the videos I’ve seen—I’ve seen quite a few videos—I don’t see any time that they Tasered him. I couldn’t believe it after all the videos I was watching last night. And then come to find out it was my cousin.”
 
Other residents of Pasco say now they are nervous. One man, who said he was afraid to give his name on the radio, said he was upset.

"We have kids. We want them, nice, to live in peace everybody," he said. "We don’t feel comfortable to go to the stores. You know not even driving. So scared, it is."

The Washington State Patrol is investigating the incident.