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    Ruben Garcia Villalpando: 31

    Father of Four Children
    Unarmed - Shot by Grapevine Police, Texas
    Police February 21, 2015

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    Ruben Garcia Villalpando

    Ruben Reportedly shouted to Grapevine police
    "Are You Going to Kill Me?"
    and then was shot

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    Antonio Zambrano-Montes: 35

    Migrant Farm Worker
    Unarmed - Shot by Pasco, Washington Police
    Feb 25, 2015

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    Antonio Zambrano-Montes

    He was unarmed and was allegelly shot at 17 times by
    Pasco, Washington Police for throwing rocks

No Charges for Pasco Police Officers Who Killed Antonio Zambrano-Montes

September 24, 2015

Three police officers in Washington state who fatally shot a man who threw rocks at them in February will not be charged, the county prosecutor said Wednesday.

Franklin County Prosecuting Attorney Shawn Sant said Wednesday 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."

Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a 35-year-old Mexican national, was shot and killed near an intersection in Pasco shortly after 5 p.m. The shooting was captured on video taken by bystanders, and inspired protests and criticism from the Mexican government that the use of force was excessive.

Pasco police officers Adam Wright, Ryan Flanagan and Adrian Alaniz were involved in the shooting. Police said the rocks could have caused severe injuries to themselves or others, and officers tried to use a Taser stun gun but the device had no effect. Autopsy toxicology tests returned "presumptive positive for amphetamines" in Zambrano-Montes' system, according to police documents released in July.

One witness said he thought he heard Zambrano-Montes tell police, "you're gonna shoot me, shoot me," according to the investigation documents.

Wright and Flanagan fired at Zambrano-Montes after he threw a rock at Alaniz' head, and Zambrano-Montes was shot in the arm, Sant said. The three officers then pursued him across the street and fired when he allegedly turned and raised his arm, apparently to throw another rock, Sant said.

Zambrano-Montes' family on Sept. 3 filed a federal lawsuit against the city and the three officers involved. The suit was filed on behalf of his wife and two daughters.

In a contentious meeting in announcing that no charges would be filed, some in the crowd did not accept Sant's explanation, noting that 17 shots were fired, and questioning whether the officers used excessive force. Some shouted, "no justice, no peace!"

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Grand jury: No charges for Texas officer who shot Mexican immigrant

May 19, 2015

(CNN)—A Texas police officer who killed an unarmed Mexican immigrant won't face criminal charges in the shooting, a grand jury decided Monday.

Police in Grapevine, Texas, had argued that an altercation erupted after Rubén García Villalpando disobeyed the officer's commands during a traffic stop after a high-speed chase. Villalpando's family argued that Officer Robert Clark had no good reason to open fire.

The grand jury heard evidence in the case for weeks, CNN affiliate KTVT reported.

The case was one of three U.S. police shootings of Mexican nationals that drew sharp criticism from Mexico's Foreign Ministry and a call for the U.S. Justice Department to investigate.

Police said the grand jury made the right decision when it chose not to indict the officer.

"Officer Clark's actions on that night complied with Texas law concerning the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer," Grapevine Police Chief Eddie Salame said as he narrated a video police posted on social media showing the moments leading up to the February shooting.

Villalpando's widow, Marta Romero, cried as she spoke with reporters about the case on Monday and vowed to keep fighting.

"I feel deceived, in a lot of pain, with a very deep sadness in my heart, because even though they had enough evidence to charge the officer, they did not make that decision," she said. "With the help of the lawyer we are going to move forward. We are going to search for justice."

Attorney Domingo Garcia, who represents the family, said he's asked the Justice Department to conduct an independent investigation of the shooting. The family also plans to file a federal lawsuit against the city and the officer, he said.

"The penalty for disobeying an officer's orders is not death," he said.

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Justice for Ruben Garcia

by Bianca Cortez

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