The police department in Pasco, Washington, needs to hire more women, more Spanish speakers and have more diversity in general. That’s one finding of a report released Monday by the U.S. Department of Justice that was prompted by the February 2015 shooting of farmworker Antonio Zambrano-Montes by three Pasco police officers.

Pasco Frozen Foods Company Lays Off Hundreds

May 12, 2016
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A company in Pasco that recalled hundreds of frozen vegetable products after a Listeria outbreak -- has had to lay off over 240 of its employees.

Frozen vegetables are a staple in many diets, so a huge recall of them has us peering at the packages in our freezers.

On Tuesday evening, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced an outbreak of the deadly Listeria monocytogenes bacteria — and frozen vegetables and fruits are believed to be the cause.

A southeast Washington city council member posted anti-Latino comments to his personal Facebook page last week. It followed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ visit to Yakima.

Last February, three Pasco Police officers shot and killed Antonio Zambrano-Montes in a crowded intersection. Zambrano-Montes had been throwing rocks. This week, the Mexican farmworker’s mother filed suit in federal district court.

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After two weeks on the picket line and several trips to court, teachers in Pasco have reached a tentative agreement to end their strike.

Three police officers involved in the fatal shooting of a rock-throwing man in Pasco, Washington, last February will not face criminal charges.

The parents of Antonio Zambrano-Montes have filed a claim for damages with the City of Pasco, Washington, for $4.76 million.

The Franklin County prosecutor is expected to release a second batch of documents and details Wednesday in the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes in Pasco, Washington.

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In Pasco, it’s been more than two months since the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes. Officials say the full police report will be complete in several weeks, and will be made public a month later. It’s sure to make big national news, again. Another major Pasco shooting protest event is happening today. It includes a 14-mile walk from Richland to Kennewick and ending up in Pasco. Battle plans for how that report’s findings will be interpreted are growing more sophisticated.

It’s been two months since police in Pasco, Washington, shot and killed an orchard worker in a case that received national attention.

Friday marks two months since Antonio Zambrano-Montes was shot by police in Pasco, Washington after he was reportedly throwing rocks in a crowded intersection.

Several artists in southcentral Washington state are responding to last month’s Pasco shooting.

The family of a man shot by police in Pasco, Washington, this month is challenging police investigators’ autopsy findings.

Kennewick police investigating the police shooting this month of Antonio Zambrano-Montes told reporters Wednesday bullets entered him from the front, and a rock was found near his body.

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Kennewick police investigating the police shooting this month of Antonio Zambrano-Montes say so far they know bullets entered him from the front, and a rock was found near his body.

People have demonstrated against Pasco police and questioned whether officers used excessive force to stop him when, witnesses say, he was throwing rocks in traffic.

People from the Tri-Cities’ large Latino population gathered outside Wednesday’s Kennewick police media briefing to give reporters their opinions.

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In the Tri-Cities new facts emerged in the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes . Investigators said none of the three Pasco officers involved in the shooting were certified Spanish speakers. Latinos in Pasco have been protesting and calling for a federal investigation. 

Pasco is a farming town nestled snug into the confluence of the Columbia, Snake and Yakima rivers in southeast Washington. Onion peels flit like butterflies along the highways. But the shooting of a Latino man by Pasco police last week has thrust this fast-growing town into the national spotlight.

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Some Latinos in the Tri-Cities are renewing their call for a federal investigation into last week’s Pasco police shooting. They talked with the press outside a Kennewick police media briefing yesterday.

Felix Vargas of the Pasco business group Consejo Latino says he’s meeting with the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington next week. Vargas says he doesn’t want just the neighboring town of Kennewick’s police to conduct the investigation into the death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes last week.

All the bullet fragments have been recovered from the Pasco police shooting scene and body of Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

Local investigations of last week's police shooting in Pasco are ongoing.

When he was shot dead by police officers in Pasco, Washington, Antonio Zambrano-Montes did not have a gun or knife, investigators said at a press conference on Friday.

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Tuesday night’s shooting of a man near a popular grocery store by three Pasco police officers has angered many residents there. The shooting was captured in several phone videos now on YouTube. A protest was held outside of Pasco City Hall Wednesday night.

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