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Video: No Malice, No Charges in Washington Officers' Shooting of Rock Throwing Farm Worker

September 10, 2015  | 

VIDEO: No Malice, No Charges in Washington Officers' Shooting of Rock Throwing Farm Worker

Three police officers in Washington state who fatally shot a rock-throwing illegal immigrant in February will not face criminal charges, a prosecutor announced Wednesday, saying there was no evidence the officers acted with malice.

The death of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, was captured on cellphone video and sparked months of protests in Pasco, an agricultural center in eastern Washington. Witnesses said Zambrano-Montes fought with an officer, threw rocks and repeatedly told officers to kill him before they opened fire.

At a news conference repeatedly interrupted by protesters Wednesday, Franklin County Prosecutor Shawn Sant said the evidence showed that the officers used legal force as they tried to arrest a man who had assaulted them and was threatening to attack them further. Sant said he could not meet the high bar for criminal prosecution under Washington state law, which requires a showing that the officers acted with malice and without good faith that their actions were justified, the Associated Press reports.

"The officers used legal force to prevent injuries to themselves and others," the prosecutor said. "Certainly there is no evidence of malice."

Comments (4)

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Jon Retired LEO @ 9/10/2015 7:59 PM

Good job Mr. Prosecutor and congrats officers. Now get ready for the rioting and the civil rights charges from the Feds.

cwardlaw @ 9/11/2015 10:51 AM

Rocks, bricks, chunks of asphalt, etc are deadly weapons whether they're being swung while in hand or if they're thrown. Looks like the Use of Force was followed correctly, especially with three officers using their weapons. The "unarmed" excuse can't be used here but the anti-LEO groups will say otherwise. If the Baltimore PD had shot just one of the rioters as a brick, rock or whatever was being thrown, I bet that area would have cleared out quickly. It would have added motivation to the rioters/looters/thugs but that officer would have been 100% in the right. Hopefully, in this incident in Washington State, nothing will be readdressed and changed for the appeasement of the non-supporters of law enforcement.

Leonard @ 9/12/2015 6:11 PM

Another insane decision by the co-conspirators in this case. These officers has no justification to shoot that man. This case and other scream for the need of independent prosecutors. The entire system to hold officers accountable for their poor judgement is corrupt.

John retired IA PD @ 9/29/2015 6:59 PM

I wonder what those that criticize the officers in this case would do if someone was throwing rocks or bricks at them. Rocks or bricks can kill. They are deadly weapons. Congratulations to the prosecutor for a job well done. Good job deputies for following procedure to stop this criminal who was intent on killing or being killed.

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