Example: [Collected via e-mail, April 2012]
My father was a 20-year veteran of the Westchester County Department of Corrections and proudly served the United States of America as a Marine. He stood about
The events that led to his killing began around
When the police arrived at my father's home, he and the staff for his medical alert service told them that there was no medical emergency and asked them to leave. And yet they insisted that my father let them into his home, banging loudly on my father's door for over an hour. On the recording, the police can be heard calling my father a "nigger."
Ultimately they broke through his apartment door and first shot him with a Taser. He was wearing nothing but boxer shorts when the police began their assault against him. Shortly after that, he was shot with two
My family is asking the Westchester County District Attorney to bring a criminal indictment, and we call on the United States Department of Justice or the
Origins: According to press accounts, the scenario outlined above is generally correct in its details (although some of the information comes from recordings which have not yet been publicly released and therefore cannot be independently verified). On
Accounts of the incident and viewpoints on whether the shooting was justified differ. Law enforcement representatives maintain that it was a "warranted use of deadly force" against an armed man who was threatening officers:
The public safety commissioner declared this a "warranted use of deadly force"; the shooter was later put on modified assignment.
Lawyer Randolph McLaughlin said recordings showed that Chamberlain had no weapon and wasn't asked to put his hands up or get on the ground prior to officers using a taser weapon, firing a
McLaughlin said that the video recording from the stun gun shows the senior Chamberlain "standing in his boxer shorts, his hands by his side, not charging or threatening anyone," after police broke down his door.
He also said an officer can be heard ordering the video turned off just before Chamberlain was shot.
The family's recollection matches that of neighbors who listened through closed doors.
They say officers taunted Mr. Chamberlain. He shouted:
Someone, the niece and neighbors say, yelled a racial epithet at the door.
Kenny Randolph listened from his apartment across the hall. "They put fear in his heart," he says. "It wasn't a crime scene until they made it one."
On 2 April 2012, the Westchester District Attorney's Office stated that Chamberlain's case would be presented to a grand jury within a month.
Last updated: 2 April 2012
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