Attorney from Michael Brown case gets involved in Pasco shooting

Attorney from Michael Brown case gets involved in Pasco shooting



Attorney Benjamin Crump stands with the mother of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was recently shot and killed by police in Pasco, Washington.
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The attorney who represented the family of Michael Brown after their son was shot and killed in August by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri will now represent the family of an undocumented Mexican orchard worker who was recently shot and killed by three police officers in Pasco, Washington.

Antonio Zambrano-Montes was allegedly tossing rocks at cars at a busy intersection in Pasco on Feb. 10 when he was confronted by police. He then allegedly threw rocks at them as well before running across the street. Police pursued and shot Zambrano-Montes, 35, just as he turned around and appeared to put his hands in the air. You can watch the video, below.

(Editors’ note: The following video, while not graphic, shows a man being shot by police. Please view with caution.)

Crump has seemingly become the United States’ most prominent civil rights attorney over the last three years. He first represented the family of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager in Florida who was shot and killed by a neighborhood watch volunteer. He then represented Michael Brown’s family, and the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy shot and killed by police in Cleveland, Ohio in November.

“The thing that ran through my mind was, ‘not again,'” Crump said on Monday at a press conference with family members of Zambrano-Montes. “We have to remember that we want law enforcement to value all life.” You can watch more from the press conference, below.

Zambrano-Montes’s killing has incited several protests in Pasco since Feb. 10. A small band of protesters has also set up camp outside Pasco City Hall, trying to bring more attention to what they believe is a need for some type of police reform.

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A special investigative unit made up of surrounding police departments is looking into whether the shooting was justified, though many in Pasco have little faith in the local force. The FBI is not officially involved, but is monitoring the investigation.

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