White Plains Police Officer Steven Hart fired over alleged racial slur during fatal standoff with Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.

At left, an undated photograph of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., who was killed by White Plains Police at his apartment complex, right, in November 2011. (April 10, 2012)

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WHITE PLAINS - A White Plains police officer has been fired over accusations he used a racial slur during a deadly 2011 standoff with an agitated veteran.

White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong confirms officer Steven Hart was fired after a departmental hearing.

Hart was suspended without pay after the shooting death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. Hart's attorney denies a racial slur was ever used, and says a forensic voice recognition expert confirms that.

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Police were called to Chamberlain's apartment after his medical alert device went off. The situation ended in gunfire when the 68-year-old former Marine reportedly came at one of the officers with a knife.

An investigation found no crime had been committed, but Chamberlain's medical device allegedly recorded the officer using the "N" word.

Chamberlain’s son says firing the officer was a step in the right direction and that his push for justice is far from over.

"This doesn't pacify me nor does it pacify my family, and it shouldn't pacify the people of White Plains or Westchester County for that matter,” says Kenneth Chamberlain Jr.

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The Chamberlain family also called it an outrage that criminal charges were never filed against any of the police officers, including the one who fired the deadly shot. The family has filed a civil lawsuit against the City of White Plains and its police department.
 

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