Dozens of community leaders, activist, religious leaders and concerned citizens gathered the afternoon of Sunday, November 19, 2017 for a vigil in front of the White Plains Department of Public Safety to mark the six year anniversary of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr – a 68-year-old African-American man – being shot and killed by White Plains police in his home at the Winbrook Public Housing Complex in November of 2011.
Chamberlain’s family says that on that day, he had inadvertently triggered his medical alert device, causing officers to respond. The family says Chamberlain — a former Marine and veteran of the Westchester County Department of Corrections — didn’t want to let officers inside, assuring them everything was OK. The officers broke in, used a Taser on Chamberlain and then fatally shot him.
The police officer involved in the shooting, Anthony Carelli, reportedly claimed that Chamberlain lunged at another officer with a knife, prompting him to pull the trigger.
Carelli was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing in 2012. Last year, a civil lawsuit against the city and its police department was rejected.
Chamberlain’s family says they can’t bring their father back but hope change can be made.
“‘Justice for Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.’ is about now changing policy, changing laws, breaking down the structure of racism within the institutions and things of that nature. But we do that by working together,” Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., shares with Black Westchester.
Chamberlain’s family says they have filed an appeal and are seeking another trial.