A protest was held in Manhattan Thursday to demand a federal investigation of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office.
People at the rally said they want an investigation into the number of black men killed by police in Westchester.
Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. attended the rally and says they want the nation to know that police brutality exists in one of New York’s richest counties. His father was fatally shot in his White Plains home by police, who had initially responded to a medical alert call.
Blacks in Law Enforcement of America (BLEA), New York Representative, Damon K. Jones says that the District Attorneys office itself should be investigated by the US Attorney Preet Bharara’s office.
In a statement from BLEA dated Aug. 5, 2014, BLEA states that from a realistic perspective, police officers are often times related by blood, marriage or a loyal bond of friendship. The municipality has to investigate an officer who they consider ”one of their own” and the municipality has to also decide how they can proceed with its investigation in a manner that will preserve its relationship with that police officer or department.
A spokesman for the Westchester DA says each case was fully and extensively investigated and presented to a grand jury, which found the officers’ actions justified. The U.S. Attorney’s Office had no comment.
Jones pointed to the shooting of Danroy Henry, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., and the Assault of White Plains Officer Michael Hannon.
“These cases here are perfect examples of a failure in seeking the truth from those that are trusted to investigate the truth,” said Jones, “ so if the DA’s office cannot or is unwilling to find the truth, then US Attorney Preet Bharara should see why her office has been a failure to black people seeking justice in Westchester County.”
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