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Kenneth Chamberlain lawsuit shifts to White Plains
The racially-charged wrongful death lawsuit filed by Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. stemming from the Nov. 19 fatal shooting of his father by White Plains police has been moved from Manhattan to White Plains.
The $21 million lawsuit was filed July 2 in federal court in Manhattan by lawyers for Chamberlain against the City of White Plains and several police officers.
On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge George Daniels in Manhattan signed an order sending the case to federal court in White Plains. U.S. District Judge Cathy Seibel was assigned today to oversee the case. She has designated U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul Davison to handle pretrial matters.
Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., 68, a former Marine and correction officer, was shot by Officer Anthony Carelli after a two-hour standoff at Chamberlain's apartment door in the Winbrook Houses.
Police said Carelli, who is white, shot Chamberlain, who was African-American, to save another officer whom Chamberlain was approaching with a knife. The case was presented to a grand jury which declined to file charges.
One officer, Steven Hart, was suspended July 20 for allegedly using a racial slur against Chamberlain during the standoff. Hart has denied the accusation.
Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. has called his father's death a murder. And lawyers for the family have called for a federal prosecution.
The U.S. Attorney's office is reviewing the case to determine if it will launch an investigation.
Federal lawsuits filed in Manhattan that stem from the suburbs north of New York City are commonly transferred to White Plains.