The Local Police Department, the County Prosecutor, the DOJ, and the State Attorney General Gave These Officers a Free Pass to Murder
It's a blurry, grainy image, and even a blurry image is worth 1000 words. This is the moment right before Antonio Zambrano Montes was shot to death, while trying to hold his hands out to show he was unarmed.
This is not ok. You know it. I know it. We can all see it. Except the local police department found the officers actions were justified. The county prosecutor did not press charges. The DOJ took no action. And now the Washington State Attorney General has closed his case on this shooting and no charges will be filed once again. There is no further recourse on this case. This is the end of the line for justice.
Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Shawn Sant that an investigation found no basis under state law to criminally charge the officers.
"We are tasked with evaluating whether there's criminal liability on the officers," Sant said. "The statute is very clear."
Prosecutors from around the state all say the same thing when they are faced with this issue.
We have to change this law and we need your help.
Antonio was a father. He was a friend. He was a man who suffered from mental illness. Antonio was gunned down in cold blood, on camera. However, the statute does not allow for justice. This case clearly illustrates why we must take action to change it.
Legislators like to think they should be the ones who address the law. They like to form committees to talk about policy. However, this law has stood for 30 years in our state and an officer has never been convicted of a deadly force crime in that time. Washington will be the first state in the nation to put policing laws in the hands of the people. This is a historic effort. We are on the right side of history.
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