A crowd gathered in downtown Seattle’s Westlake Park Wednesday night for a vigil and protest dedicated to a man who was fatally shot by Pasco police last week.
The shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, an unarmed man shot by three police officers on Feb. 10, has already prompted protests in Pasco. The demonstration in Westlake Park, which was followed a march through downtown Seattle, was a way for protesters to show solidarity with the southeast Washington city, attendees said.
“We are here because we want justice,” said Maria Perez-Giron, whose son, Oscar, was fatally shot by a King County sheriff’s deputy in June 2014.
Demonstrators chanted “We are all Antonio” and “Todos somos Antonio,” and held up signs that said “Your silence gives consent” and “Don’t shoot,” which was accompanied by the drawing of a rock. Witnesses of the Pasco shooting said Zambrano-Montes was carrying a rock when he was shot multiple times by pursuing officers.
“This was terrorism, not brutality,” Seattle resident Queen Pearl said.
Protesters marched through downtown Seattle and held “die-ins” in various intersections, occasionally blocking traffic for a few minutes.
More protests are planned in Pasco, organizers said.