Chamberlain Family Defends Suit over Police Killing

HeadlineSep 14, 2012

In White Plains, New York, lawyers for the family of police shooting victim Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. appeared in court Thursday to defend a $21 million federal lawsuit. Chamberlain, a 68-year-old Marine veteran, was shot dead last year on November 19 by police officer Anthony Carelli at his White Plains home after police responded to a false alarm from his medical alert pendant. Despite Chamberlain’s insistence he was OK, police broke down his door, tasered him and shot him dead. One officer can be heard on a recording calling him a racial slur. The Chamberlain family is suing a number of defendants, including the city of White Plains and Officer Carelli. In a packed courtroom Thursday, defendants sought permission to file motions to dismiss the complaint. Chamberlain’s lawyers opposed the motion and agreed to amend the complaint. The victim’s son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., spoke to reporters outside the courthouse.

Kenneth Chamberlain Jr.: “As far as justice for Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. goes, I’m immovable on my stance right now. I’m going to stay here. I’m not going anywhere. There will be accountability on the part of the city of White Plains and the White Plains Police Department.”

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