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Exclusive: Cop in Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain ID'd, Sued in 2008 Racism Case. 1 of 2

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Published on Apr 5, 2012

DemocracyNow.org - In a broadcast exclusive, we reveal the name of the police officer who allegedly killed 68-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain, the retired African-American Marine who was shot dead in his own home in White Plains, New York, in November after he inadvertently triggered his medical-alert pendant. Documented in audio recordings, the White Plains police reportedly used a racial slur, burst through Chamberlain's door, tasered him, then shot him dead. The alleged shooter, Officer Anthony Carelli, is due in court later this month in an unrelated 2008 police brutality case. He is accused of being the most brutal of a group of officers who allegedly beat two brothers of Jordanian descent and called them "rag heads." Despite repeated requests from Chamberlain's family for the name of the officer who killed him, White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong only named Carelli as the shooter this morning, after his name appeared in an article written by Democracy Now!'s Juan Gonzalez in the New York Daily News. The White Plains police have refused to say whether Carelli has been disciplined or assigned to desk duty after the fatal shooting of Chamberlain. We get an update on the Chamberlain case from the victim's son, Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr., and his two attorneys, Mayo Bartlett and Abdulwali Muhammad. Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr. reacts to the news that his father's alleged killer has been accused of beating people in the past, saying it triggers memories of his father's death. "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 of his mouth and two bullet holes in his chest. And I am staring at my father wondering, what happened?" Attorney Abdulwali Muhammad notes that audio recordings of the incident were key in debunking police attempts to cast Kenneth Chamberlain as a hatchet-wielding, mentally disturbed man, while ignoring the fact that he was shot in his own home after accidentally triggering a medical alert. "But for the fact that we have the tapes, we would not be able to present this story that we've had to the public and make our demands that the tapes be released (and) that the officer's name be released as well."

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