LOS ANGELES (AFP) -A US city was on edge Friday amid protests and condemnation – including from Mexico’s president – over the fatal police shooting of a homeless Mexican immigrant who was throwing rocks at officers.
The incident Tuesday in Pasco, Washington state comes in the wake of a series of white police shootings of non-white unarmed victims that triggered demonstrations across the United States late last year. “We don’t want another Ferguson here in Pasco,” said coroner Dan Blasdel, cited by The Seattle Times, referring to the St Louis suburb rocked by protests after the killing of African American teen Michael Brown last year.
Police in Pasco, some 215 miles (350 kilometres) southeast of Seattle, have called for calm. Amateur video of the shooting shows three police officers taking aim at the 35-year old Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was throwing rocks at them, before they chased him across a road.
Police said they had tried to subdue him with a Taser gun but Zambrano-Montes continued to attack them.
In the video, the victim appears to raise his hands while running away a few seconds before he is shot dead.