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Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. to meet with feds again about his father's shooting death
Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. and his family's lawyers are scheduled to meet again Wednesday with federal prosecutors reviewing the shooting death of his father, a 68-year-old African-American man gunned down by a white White Plains police officer on Nov. 19, 2011.
Chamberlain Jr. had already met once last June with Assistant U.S. Attorney David Kennedy, a senior civil rights prosecutor. In addition, the Chamberlain family has filed a $21 million federal civil rights lawsuit against the City of White Plains.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has said his office would review the incident to determine whether to launch a civil rights investigation after a Westchester County grand jury voted May 3, 2012, not to indict Officer Anthony Carelli in the shooting death of Chamberlain in his first-floor apartment at 135 South Lexington Ave. after a three-hour standoff. The apartment is part of the Winbrook Public Housing Complex.
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Carelli, who testified to the grand jury, said through his lawyer Andrew Quinn that he shot Chamberlain only as a last resort in an effort to save a fellow officer, Sgt. Keith Martin, who had fallen down. Chamberlain, police said, was charging toward Martin with at least one knife.
Officers tried stun guns and beanbag guns to subdue Chamberlain before shooting him, police said.
At least one officer used a racial slur against Chamberlain during the three-hour standoff, officials said. Officer Steven Hart was suspended after being accused of uttering the slur.
But Chamberlain's lawyer said another officer also used the slur in the moments before police entered the apartment.