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Police Officer Who Called Shooting Victim Kenneth Chamberlain a Racial Slur Is Fired

HeadlineOct 08, 2013

In New York, a White Plains police officer who used a racial slur against elderly Marine veteran Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. shortly before police shot Chamberlain dead in his own home in 2011 has been fired. Public Safety Commissioner David Chong did not say why he fired Officer Steven Hart, who was suspended last year. Hart had also been named as a defendant in a separate police brutality lawsuit stemming from an earlier incident. He called Chamberlain the “n” word after police arrived at Chamberlain’s apartment when he accidentally triggered his medical alert pendant. Police mocked Chamberlain, banged on his window, broke down his door, tasered him and then shot him dead. Chamberlain’s son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., told the Journal News Hart’s firing was “a small, but significant step in getting justice for the murder of my father.”

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