White Plains, NY– Seven years after the calamitous shooting death by White Plains police officers of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. – an elderly veteran who had accidentally activated his medical alert device – the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform (WCPR) will hold a vigil to mark the tragic loss of Mr. Chamberlain’s life and its unflagging demand for police accountability and reforms that ensure public safety.
DATE/TIME: November 19, 2018, 7 – 8 PM
LOCATION: White Plains Public Safety Building
77 S. Lexington Ave., White Plains, NY
In case of inclement weather, the event will convene at The Thomas H. Slater Center, 2 Fisher Ct, White Plains, NY. * For updates, call 914-420-7478 *
Explained WCPR’s Convener, Rev. Doris Dalton of Memorial United Methodist Church, “This annual event underscores our ongoing dedication to building a future in which the safety of all those who live, work, and visit our community is paramount. No one should ever have to fear that a call to law enforcement for help may end in violence or even death.”
The vigil, led by Rev. Dalton, will open with a blessing by Pastor Edward Williamson of Bethel Baptist Church and will feature speakers representing a variety of community, advocacy, and faith-based organizations.
- Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr.
- Lena Anderson, President of White Plains/Greenburgh NAACP
- Mayo Bartlett, Esq., Civil Rights and Criminal Defense Lawyer
- Sandra Bernabei, Founding Member, Antiracist Alliance
- Cynthia Turnquest-Jones, Social Action Chair, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Alumnae
- Shannon Wong, Chapter Director, New York Civil Liberties Union, Lower Hudson Valley Chapter
Kenneth Chamberlain Jr, stopped by the People Before Politics Radio Show, Sunday, November 11th to discuss the killing of his father and the upcoming vigil.
“I want to say thank you to all of you who continue to stand with my family and I as we continue the fight to get justice in the killing of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr,” Kenneth Chamberlain Jr shares with Black Westchester. “We truly appreciate all the love and support we have been given these past seven years.”
Concludes Rev. Dalton, “This gathering is an expression of our community’s steadfast commitment to uphold Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.’s memory, both as a tribute to the community member we lost, and also as a source of inspiration for change, continually inspiring our work toward a vision of police-community relations founded upon trust, mutual respect, and dedication to the sanctity of human life.”
- Westchester Blacks in Law Enforcement of America
- Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence
- New York Civil Liberties Union – Lower Hudson Valley Chapter
- WESPAC Foundation
- AntiRacist Alliance
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. – Westchester Alumnae Chapter
- Ethical Culture Society of Westchester
- Mount Calvary CME “The Promise Church”
- Community Unitarian Universalist Congregation
- Memorial United Methodist Church
The Westchester Coalition for Police Reform is dedicated to improved police-community relations, police transparency, accountability, and independent oversight of law enforcement.