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February 19, 2015 at 5:10 PM

Pasco shooting: How to prevent future tragedies?

After watching the video of Antonio Zambrano-Montes being killed by Pasco police, I agree with the attorney’s statement that Zambrano-Montes’ constitutional rights were violated [“Move past race to better policing,” Opinion, Feb. 19]. The Pasco police claim that they felt threatened by rocks, but the suspect had his arms raised in the air and their use of deadly force was not in line with his “weapons.”

We have dealt with many other incidents involving police shooting citizens. The bigger issue is: How can we prevent these situations, and reform or retrain our police departments, so instead of killing citizens they are protecting them? With technology, we have the ability to catch these types of situations on tape, but nonetheless it has not garnered much help in preventing these atrocities. Hopefully this time the system will hold the parties at fault accountable for their actions and set a precedent for safe police and citizen interactions.

Melissa Yapp, Seattle

Comments | More in police | Topics: Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Melissa Yapp, Pasco

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