On Thursday, May 26th, the White Plains Democratic City Committee (WPDCC) adopted a resolution regarding the 2011 killing of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., at the hands of White Plains police and ongoing police-reform efforts.
“We urge the City to enter into a reasonable and adequate settlement with the Chamberlain family, in which the City acknowledges the officers’ culpability in the matter…” the resolution states.
Almost eleven years later no officer involved has been brought to justice and the city has yet to official apologize to the family. Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. has been steadfast in his fight for justice and accountability of killing of his father by the White Plains Police Department, who were there on a welfare call to make sure Mr. Chamberlain was okay after inadvertently triggering his LifeAid medical alert necklace in his sleep. Instead after a 90 confrontation where the WPPD breached Mr. Chamberlain’s door and fatal shot him to death.
“It has always been the belief of my family that the killing of my father Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. was never fully and fairly investigated,” Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., shared with Black Westchester. “I have always said that after looking at the facts of this case in its totality anyone who truly believes in the RULE of LAW will say that these officers committed misconduct to murder. So, I am pleased that the WPDCC took time out of their busy schedule to look at this case and the facts and pass a resolution which gives my family hope that one day there will be accountability for Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.”
In the resolution the WPDCC call for,
I. The City of White Plains has never acknowledged the culpability of its police officers as being directly responsible for the Nov. 19, 2011, killing of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. in his home and has failed to account for their unconscionable and unwarranted actions. Accordingly, we call on the city to issue a formal apology to the family and the residents of the City of White Plains notwithstanding any pending legal actions.
II. We view the investigation undertaken by the City and its subsequent findings following the killing of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. to be a woefully inadequate response to the officers’ unlawful entry, excessive force, and violent response to a medical call as spelled out in the US Court of Appeals decision of May 29, 2020. (Footnotes 1-6.)
III. We urge the City to enter into a reasonable and adequate settlement with the Chamberlain family, in which the City acknowledges the officers’ culpability in the matter, which we hope will provide closure and justice for Mr. Chamberlain Sr. and his family.
IV. We urge the Common Council to exercise its oversight responsibility and powers by conducting a prompt, item-by-item review with respect to the implementation to date of the recommendations of the Final Report of the Police Reform Committee, March 2021, and issuing a public report regarding the findings of that review.
Read the resolution in its entirety below.
The resolution is signed by White Plains Democratic City Committee Chair Tim James, 4th Vice Chair Evelyn Alicea-Santiago, 5th Vice Chair Charlene Raynor, Secretary Allen Weintraub, Organization Chair Andy Grossman, and several members of the WPDCC Issues Committee.
Black Westchester will be watching to see if the White Plains Common Council follows through with the demands of the WPDCC and what if any affects it has on any future Council and Mayor races if they do not follow the WPDCC resolution.
This November will make eleven years the Chamberlain family have been fighting for justice and accountability for the summary execution of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.