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Racially-Motivated Killing the Media Missed? NY Police Called Out on Medical Alert Shoot Dead 68 Year Old Black Veteran

Kenneth Chamberlain is looking for answer as to why his father was shot by police, who yelled racial slurs before breaking down his door and opening fire.

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MAYO BARTLETT: Well, it is a good amount of time. And part of it is an investigatory process, but it is a long time. And the biggest concern I have with respect to the grand jury is that we do not have an opportunity to present information to a grand jury in New York state. The only person who does that is the district attorney’s office. So we can’t even determine whether they’re going to play the audio tape at all. if there will play the audio tape, or, if so, whether it’s going to be redacted. So we’re really stuck with a good faith offering from the district attorney that it’s going to be fully presented.

AMY GOODMAN: Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr., tell us about your dad, Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: When people ask me about that, I tell people he was a father like anyone else. I mean, he agreed with some things that you did, and he disagreed with others. But my father would never hurt anyone intentionally. He wouldn’t go after anyone. I mean, he was law enforcement himself. He was a marine. I’m sure whatever he’s seen when he served, that that was enough violence for him. And for them to look at my father that way, without—I mean, no regard for his life, every morning I think about it, just the circumstances, because I guess maybe around 5:00 in the morning I tend to think about all of this. And it disturbs me about the fact that it hasn’t been presented yet, because I do know, as my attorney said, that if the roles had been reversed, this would already be in a grand jury.

AMY GOODMAN: When did you hear your father had been killed?

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: I found out from a friend of mine that Saturday morning. I was up, and my phone rang. And a friend of mine called me, and he said—who also lives in the building—he said, "You need to get out to White Plains right away." And I asked him why. He said, "Something is going on with your father. I don’t know what it is." And I asked him, I said, "Well, what’s going on?" And as he was getting ready to tell me, he just yelled out, "Oh, my god!" And I asked him what happened.

AMY GOODMAN: I’m really sorry to put you through this again, to make you relive it.


AMY GOODMAN: You’re holding your father’s ID card, as well?

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: Yes. I have his Marine ring and his veteran’s card. My father was—

AMY GOODMAN: We’re talking to Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr., the son of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., who was killed by police on November 19th, 2011, in his home. His medical alert pendant went off, and the company called the police to check on him.


AMY GOODMAN: Go ahead, Ken. It’s fine.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: Yes, I have his Marine ring, his veteran’s card. He was proud to be a marine. And even on the audio, you hear the police officers making fun of the fact that he was a marine. And—

AMY GOODMAN: What do you mean?

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: They asked my father to open the door. He refused. He said, "I’m not opening my door." They said something to the effect that they were going to knock it down. He said, "I won’t let you in." And he said " Semper Fi." So they said, "Oh, you’re a marine. Hoo-rah. Hoo-rah." And this is somebody that served this country. Why would you even say that to him? And my father always said, "Once a marine, always a marine," if he was ever in trouble and couldn’t get help from anybody else, to call on a marine. And a lot of those things come back now, where things that I had—just I thought went in one ear and right out the other, but in light of these things, when you hear the audio, when you look at the video, all of these things come back.

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