Just a day after it was revealed police in Washington state shot at a Mexican migrant 17 times, hitting him as many as six times, a second autopsy shows that police shot Antonio Zambrano-Montes from behind.
A lawyer for Zambrano-Montes’ family says the second medical examination contradicts investigators’ initial report that the 35-year-old was not hit in the back. In fact, Zambrano-Montes was shot twice in the back during the Feb. 10 standoff with Pasco police, according to attorney Charles Herrmann.
The autopsy also revealed that Zambrano-Montes was shot seven times, not six, as Sgt. Ken Lattin of the Tri-Cities Special Investigation Unit claimed Wednesday.
From the Huffington Post:
The second autopsy, performed by a pathologist hired by Zambrano-Montes’ family, found that the orchard worker was shot seven times, Herrmann said. Lattin said police fired 17 shots, hitting Zambrano-Montes five or six times. “At this time we know Antonio Zambrano-Montes was not shot in the back,” the Tri-Cities Special Investigation Unit said in a statement Wednesday.
“Our report differs sharply with statements made by local law enforcement authorities as to how many times Antonio Zambrano-Montes was struck by bullets and whether any were on his backside,” Herrmann said in a statement Thursday.
One of those shots pierced Zambrano-Montes upper right arm and another hit his left buttock, Herrmann said. The report also indicated a graphic wound to Zambrano-Montes’ genitals.
Lattin has declined to speak with Huffington Post about the new autopsy, but coroner Dan Blasdel suggested that the pathologist who performed the second autopsy may have been biased.
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Second Autopsy Reveals Pasco Police Shot Antonio Zambrano-Montes In The Back was originally published on globalgrind.com