A small band of protesters won’t let the Pasco police shooting be forgotten


On any given day over the last two weeks in Pasco, Washington, a small group of protesters has gathered in front of city hall to protest the police shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a Mexican orchard worker who was throwing rocks at cars and police before he was killed.

Quite small: Recent trips to the building, the new epicenter of activism in Washington’s Tri-Cities region, have seen as few as three protesters at a time.

But even with numbers lower than activists would like—and regardless of the many obstacles the movement faces, such as the hesitance of the region’s undocumented population to risk arrest by protesting—the small group has succeeded in keeping the attention of local officials, federal agencies, and even the international press.

“Things slow down over the weekdays,” said Jeremy Peterson, leader of the group Occupy Tri-Cities, because of the working-class nature of the city. But weekends allow the…

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