Grand Jury Clears White Plains Police in Chamberlain Shooting

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Chamberlain, Sr. as a young Marine

A Grand Jury in White Plains has found no reason to indict White Plains police officers in connection with the shooting death of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. inside his apartment on Nov. 19, 2011.

Chamberlain, a 68-year-old retired county correction officer and former Marine, died after an hour long stand-off with cops. Tapes released today reportedly show he was acting erratically and had a knife.

Randolph McLaughlin, a lawyer representing the Chamberlain family, learned of decision while appearing as a guest on Columnist Phil Reisman’s radio show.

“I want to await the final decision,” he said on the air. “But what I will say is that if this officer is not charged here, we are going to see, immediately, the U.S. Attorney’s Office to press for a criminal investigation, an indictment of this officer, and an investigation of the White Plains Police Department.”

In a statement released today Westchester DA Janet DiFiore writes,

Video and audio electronic recordings from several different sources which captured a substantial portion of the events immediately preceding Mr. Chamberlain’s death were obtained and preserved as evidence for the grand jury. The extensive investigation included numerous interviews of family members, civilians, police officers and expert witnesses.  Evidence was collected from the scene and forensically analyzed by experts in ballistics, DNA, toxicology, and audio-video enhancement…..

The death of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. inside his apartment in connection with his encounter with White Plains police officers on Nov. 19, 2011 was a tragedy on many levels.  The grand jury heard all the evidence on the use of physical force and deadly physical force by the police in this encounter. The grand jury also heard the evidence of the threatened use of deadly physical force by Mr. Chamberlain during the encounter. As required by law, the grand jury was instructed on the defense of justification under Article 35 of the Penal Law as to the use of force and deadly physical force by the police.

After due deliberation on the evidence presented in this matter the grand jury found that there was no reasonable cause to vote an indictment.

 

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