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Officer involved in Pasco shooting named in previous lawsuit

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PASCO, Wash. (AP) - A police officer involved in a deadly shooting in Washington state was a defendant in a federal civil-rights lawsuit the city of Pasco settled in 2013 for $100,000.

The Seattle Times reports the lawsuit claimed Pasco officers were inadequately trained in the use of force and how to respond to street confrontations, according to court records.

Residents of the town where police shot and killed a man accused of hurling rocks at officers are calling for calm ahead of an anti-police brutality protest scheduled for noon Saturday.

The death Tuesday of orchard worker Antonio Zambrano-Montes is the fourth fatal police shooting since last summer in Pasco, an agricultural city of 68,000 people about 215 miles southeast of Seattle.

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Wash. coroner considers inquest in fatal shooting by police

PASCO, Wash. (AP) - A coroner whose office is conducting an autopsy on an orchard worker shot by Pasco, Washington, police after he was accused of throwing rocks at officers is considering convening an inquest jury to look into the death.

The Seattle Times reports (http://is.gd/pO5DxS ) that Franklin County Coroner Dan Blasdel said controversy over Tuesday's shooting of 35-year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes would justify a coroner's inquest, in which a jury is presented with evidence and decides whether the officers' actions were justified.

In Blasdel's words, "We don't want another Ferguson here in Pasco." He referred to the riots that followed the Aug. 9 shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and a grand jury's decision not to indict.

Pasco Police Chief Bob Metzger has appealed for patience during an investigation by the Tri-City Special Investigation Unit and an internal review. Blasdel says he won't decide about an inquest until the investigation is complete.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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