On November 19, 2011, at approximately 5 a.m., 68-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. was at his home located at 135 S. Lexington Avenue, White Plains, New York.
A 20 year veteran of the Westchester County Department of Corrections, Chamberlain proudly served as a Marine, receiving an honorable discharge.
His medical alert device sent an alert to his service provider, which placed a call to the City of White Plains Department of Public Safety. In response to the call, police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians went to his home.
The police knocked on his door and he told them that he did not need assistance and there was no medical emergency. He told them that he did not call them. Despite being told that there was no need for their services, the police refused to leave and insisted that he let them into his home.
Despite telling them he did not need assistance the police continued to insist that they enter the apartment.
Chamberlain later contacted his medical alert service provider while the police were banging on his door and asked them for help.
He told them that the White Plains Police employees were outside his door and were going to kill him.
The medical alert service provider recorded the communications between the police and Chamberlain. The police continued to bang on his door for approximately an hour. During that time they taunted, cursed at him, and called him a nigger.
They ultimately broke through his apartment door and forced their way into his apartment, all without his consent.
Upon entering the apartment police immediately used a Taser on Chamberlain as he stood approximately six to eight feet away from the officers, and he was wearing nothing but boxer shorts when the police began their assault against him.
After using the Taser against him, a scuffle ensued and two 40 caliber rounds were fired into Chamberlain resulting in his death.
The family has asked the Westchester County D.A. to criminally indict as well as the United States Department of Justice, or the New York State Attorney General, to prosecute this as a hate crime since it appears that his killing was motivated by hate.
A petition was set-up for Chamberlain regarding the upcoming Grand Jury hearing in the case shooting death of Chamberlain, Sr. Already there are 870 signatures and 1,000 signatures are needed.