The family of a former Marine shot by Westchester, NY cops filed a $21 million suit Monday against the city of White Plains and the officers involved.
According to the NY Daily News, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr, 68, was shot and killed Nov. 19 in his ground floor White Plains apartment by cops who initially responded to a mistaken medical alert, and then ignored his repeated drunken shouts to go away and leave him alone.
At least one officer yelled a racial slur during the early morning encounter, according to audio and video evidence.
Police say Chamberlain was shot after he came at officers with a knife and hatchet.
He was also zapped with a stun gun and a beanbag gun before being shot in the chest.
Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that a grand jury had decided not to indict Anthony Carelli, the officer who fired the fatal shot.
She said use of the "N-word" was meant to distract Chamberlain, but did condemn the tactic.
Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. said he was glad the shooting is under federal investigation, adding that he and his family are "very hopeful and very confident" that an indictment would come out of it.
His attorney Randolph McLaughlin said that prior to the incident, Carelli and two other officers involved in the shooting were defendants in lawsuits alleging police brutality and excessive force.
He accused the officers of causing Chamberlain to become more agitated during the situation and not doing anything to defuse it.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Chamberlain and his family. May justice be served and may he rest in peace.