Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr (c. 1943-2011), a former Marine, was an unarmed 68-year-old black man with a heart condition shot dead by police early on the morning of November 19th 2011 in the New York suburb of White Plains.
The police lies were dutifully printed by the White Plains press: that Chamberlain was an emotionally disturbed person out in the street who came at the police with a butcher’s knife. The police ruled the killing justified: “warranted use of deadly force”.
What the police apparently did not know at the time was that the whole thing was caught on audio tape, n-word and all. There is even some video.
The family’s story matches that of neighbours and of the tape – not that of the police:
- Chamberlain never left his house – it was five in the morning. Instead the police broke down his door.
- Chamberlain on the tape does not sound “emotionally disturbed” – he sounds like he is in fear for his life. A fear that was extremely well-founded.
- Far from going after the police with a butcher’s knife video shows him standing with his empty hands at his side.
What brought the police to his door was his medical alert pendant. It accidentally went off in the night. The medical alert company asked if he was all right. When he did not answer they sent an ambulance. As is common in these cases, the police came with them.
The medical alert company, which kept an open telephone line throughout, recorded the audio. A security camera outside the door of his flat and the camera on the Taser gun recorded some of the video.
The police came to his door, pushing aside his niece. Chamberlain told the police he was all right. The police said they wanted to see him for themselves to make sure. Chamberlain refused, saying they would kill him. When he said he was a Marine (he had served six years) and said “Semper fi!”, the Marine Corps motto, the police said, “Hoo-rah, hoo-rah,” sarcastically. They said they needed to use his bathroom to pee. Then they told him to open the fucking door, calling him a nigger.
As they were breaking open his door he told the open telephone line:
This is my sworn testimony. White Plains officers are coming in here to kill me.
After the police broke through the door there he stood, alone, in his boxer shorts. The police Tasered him, despite his bad heart, and then shot him twice in the chest. The waiting ambulance took him to the hospital, where he died.
Four months later the killer cop is on “modified assignment”.
- He has not been arrested.
- He has not been fired.
- His name has not even been made public.
The case goes to a grand jury hearing in April 2012.