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Residents to Protest Chamberlain Report

A press conference Wednesday will assail the report that labelled Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr.'s death 'justified.'

Though an extensive, third-party study revealed last week that White Plains Police were "totally justified" in the shooting of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., not all residents are persuaded by the findings.

White Plains police officer Anthony Carelli shot Chamberlain while police responded to an early morning medical call from Chamberlain's apartment on Nov. 19, 2011. The shooting garnered national attention, with some claiming police used excessive force.

None of the officers involved in the shooting were indicted on criminal charges, but the Chamberlain family has filed a $21 million civil rights lawsuit in federal court.

A group of friends, family, community members and BLEA and NAACP members are slated to gather Wednesday morning in the city's center to protest the report.

"As a community, we cannot allow the city of White Plains or their out of touch so-called paid law enforcement experts to give Police Officers a 'green light' to berate, use racial slurs, assault and kill people of color and label it Justifiable Homicide," wrote Damon K. Jones, a New York Representative for Blacks In Law En¬forcement of America, in an email this week.

"If the city of White Plains Police Officers cannot respect and treat people of color who live, spend money and pay taxes with justice, then we see no reason to do business, shop or patronize the city of White Plains until we are accepted and respected by the city government and their employees," Jones continued.

Jones is asking residents to denounce the report, and for law enforcement agencies to send representatives to the press conference.

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The details

When: Wednesday, October 10 at 11 a.m.

Where: In front of the MLK Statue by the Westchester County Courthouse, 111 Martin Luther King Blvd, White Plains

Ross Revira October 08, 2012 at 09:47 PM
Why does the news media including the Patch continue to show a picture of Mr. Chamberlain as a Marine? He has not been a Marine for 40 years. If the news media including the Patch were not trying to push their agenda than his picture would be a mug shot. That picture would be more recent and relevant. Mr. Chamberlain being a convicted criminal and having a history of belligerence while drunk was a contributing factor in his death. With all the coverage given to this tragedy one would think the news media was part of the Chamberlain family's legal team.
odinga October 08, 2012 at 11:30 PM
The fact of the matter is no matter what photo is shown it does not merit Mr. Chamberlain being lynched in his home! Additionally, nothing is said when others are killed violently and photos are shown of them in uniform or some other look other than recent. Let us not lose fact of the incident and the manner in which the White Pains Police treatment of Mr. Chamberlain in an inhuman manner. The only issue at hand is what took place that night that took the life of a human being in his home!
Joe M October 09, 2012 at 10:24 AM
Lynched? Are you being serious? The police went there for a reason and he came at them with a knife. Case closed. Everyone should look at the facts and realize that the police did what they had to. Unfortunate but necessary.
Dan Seidel October 09, 2012 at 11:41 AM
Police procedure in response to medic alerts which have been cancelled by the wearer IS the problem. Chamberlain's 4th Amendment rights were patently violated and he was killed defending his liberty and his home. Absolute submission to police, anytime, anywhere is NOT the Law of the Land. The Constitution is. The Constitution was trashed by the police in this case and an unnecessary death ensued. WE are responsible. WE did not have these cops trained in the law. WE are letting cops run wild. WE should pay in court for this miserable failure to protect the rights of Citizens. WE ALLOWED OUR POLICE DEPT TO KILL - WE SET FORCES INTO MOTION CULMINATING WITH THIS DEATH OF A CITIZEN. I do not give a hoot whether Chamberlain was black, green, blue, red or white. He was a Citizen entitled to live peaceably in his home. He paid the ultimate price for defending his liberty and rights. Even people who are drunk are entitled to Constitutional rights. See the big picture here people. Next time, it might be you.
ts78 October 09, 2012 at 11:42 AM
But unfortunately we know that the police is not always right....may God Exposed the the truth so Mr. Chamberlain family can rest and have a peace of mind.....MAY God give his family peace..... may prayer are up....
Ross Revira October 09, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Mr. Chamberlain did not deserve to die. The police officers did not go to his house to "lynch" him. This was a tragic set of circumstances set in motion Mr. Chamberlain. He was a Marine and a Correction Officer. He also was arrested for killing a man with a gun during a traffic dispute. He was acquitted at trial but that other guy is still dead. His most recent brush with the law involved being convicted of robbing an 80 year old lady and then going on a drug fueled bender to Atlantic City. He was known by the police to be belligerent when drunk. This was proven by his actions which lead to his ultimate death. That said better police procedure might have been used to protect this man from HIMSELF.
Wade Wilson October 09, 2012 at 01:47 PM
No such thing as god Don't be Ignorant.
Sandy Bernabei October 10, 2012 at 08:08 AM
Wade Wilson's comments are so outrageous that I googled the name and this is what I found out... "A disfigured and mentally unstable mercenary," (Wade Winston Wilson) is a fictional character, a mercenary and anti-hero appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by artist Rob Liefeld and writer Fabian Nicieza, Deadpool first appeared in The New Mutants #98 (Feb. 1991).
Wade Wilson October 30, 2012 at 01:01 AM
4:08 am? What a sad old wrinkled women without a life.

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