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Cop in Fatal Shooting of Ex-Marine Kenneth Chamberlain Was Sued in 2008 Racism Case

The alleged shooter, Officer Anthony Carelli, is due in court later this month on an unrelated 2008 police brutality case.

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But it turns out that they are alleging in their lawsuit, a $10 million lawsuit against the police department of White Plains, that Carelli was the lead officer who brought them into the precinct and cuffed them to a long bar in the booking room and then beat one of the brothers, Jereis Hatter, and repeatedly beat him. And interestingly, in a deposition that we got a hold of in the case, Carelli claimed that—because he had to explain some of the injuries that Hatter clearly had—that on the way to the precinct, in the police car, Hatter repeatedly was banging his head, from the back seat of the patrol car, was banging his head against the plastic partition in the police vehicle. And so, when questioned, "Well, what did you do?" Carelli said, "Well, I told him to stop. But he wouldn’t listen, and he kept banging his head over and over again against the plastic shield in the police car." And because, obviously, the young man went into the precinct with no injuries and came out—and we have a picture of him in the newspaper with a battered face. And so, they are now suing, claiming civil rights violations and excessive force by the police department.

AMY GOODMAN: And then, the yelling of the racial epithet.

JUAN GONZALEZ: Yes, and that he—and that while they were being beaten, Carelli was calling them "rag heads" inside the precinct. And one brother says that—we were able to reach him late at night. He said that Carelli should not be on the force, that he beat him in the head, he kicked him in the groin. And he just wants justice.

AMY GOODMAN: And this is while he was handcuffed to a pole in the police station.

JUAN GONZALEZ: Yes, yes.

AMY GOODMAN: Wouldn’t they have video of what happened inside a police station?

JUAN GONZALEZ: Well, interestingly, the police department says they have no surveillance—they had no video inside. This is the police headquarters; we’re not talking about a small precinct. This is the police headquarters. They have—there is no video of anything that happened, according to the police department.

AMY GOODMAN: And interestingly, as you report in the  New York Daily News, a man who said he was Carelli’s brother answered the door at Carelli’s house in Harrison, Westchester County, and told the  New York Daily News, "So I assume his name leaked out today. Lovely."

JUAN GONZALEZ: Right. And subsequent to that, the Harrison police arrived at the house and ordered our  Daily News reporters away from the house and are now stationed outside the policeman’s house to, I guess, shield, protect him from the cameras.

AMY GOODMAN: In a 2010 deposition, you report, Carelli said he made about 250 to 300 arrests as a police officer.

JUAN GONZALEZ: Yes, he was part, at that time, in 2008, of apparently a street unit in the White Plains Police Department that specializes in the local downtown bars and, interestingly, in the public housing projects. And his partner, Julio Orellana, in his deposition says that "We were doing all these quality-of-life arrests in places like downtown and in the projects," specifically naming Winbrook, the public housing development that your father lived in, Kenneth.

AMY GOODMAN: Your reaction to hearing this?

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN, JR.: Well, I’m glad that the name is out, and I definitely want to thank you, Mr. Gonzalez, for researching that and getting that out there so the public knows who this person is, because, as you just stated, my father’s incident is not the first incident. So, it’s almost like a snowball effect. He was beating people, and now he ultimately killed someone. So when I hear that, it just goes back to the visual of the last time I actually really saw my father, other than the funeral, was at the hospital, with his eyes wide open, his tongue hanging out his mouth, and two bullet holes in his chest. And I’m staring at my father, wondering, "What happened? How did this happen?"

 
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