White Plains – Jury selections went quickly Monday in the $21 million civil case in the Summary Execution of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., by White Plains Police Officer Anthony Carelli, on Nov. 19, 2011 at the Charles L. Brieant United States Courthouse (300 Quarrapas Street, White Plains). Since the selection process went quicker than expected the judge started the Chamberlain v. City of White Plains trial and move right into opening arguments, Monday afternoon.
“This was the first day that I sat across from the man who shot and killed my father,” Kenneth Chamberlain Jr, says via video streamed live through Facebook (see video below) recorded after he left the courthouse.
Although U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel ruled Chamberlain’s family could not used the racial slurs hurled at Chamberlain by the WPPD, the defense were allowed to say in their opening statement what they alleged Chamberlain said to them in the 90 plus minute standoff.
“I found it very interesting how the defense, meaning the attorneys for [Officer] Carelli and the city [of White Plains] used the words mother f*cker, saying this is what my father said,” Chamberlain Jr continued in his Facebook Live video, “but we can’t talk about the racial slur that was used [by White Plains Police]. I just find that very interesting.”
Since the trial actually started Monday afternoon instead of Wednesday morning as expected, many of the Chamberlain supporters were not present like they had been in the previous court dates, but the court was full of law enforcement in support of Officer Carelli. If Chamberlain’s plea for his supporters to come out via social media and the plethora of people in support of Chamberlain present at previous court dates are any indication, the courtroom, the overflow room and well as the outside of the courthouse may be full to capacity, so if you have any plans to be there I would get there very early.
Court will proceed and the first witnesses are expected to be called to the stand Wednesday morning., November 9th at 9:30 a.m., due to court being closed Tuesday for Election Day. Stay tuned to Black Westchester Magazine for continued coverage of this case.