Lawyer: Of­fi­cer re­spon­si­ble for fa­tal shoot­ing of black man

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION + WORLD -

A lawyer for the fam­ily of a men­tally ill black man fa­tally shot by a white po­lice of­fi­cer told a jury on Wed­nes­day that even if the shoot­ing was a mis­take, the of­fi­cer should be held re­spon­si­ble for let­ting a sim­ple med­i­cal call es­ca­late into vi­o­lence.

A jury was de­lib­er­at­ing whether White Plains Of­fi­cer An­thony Carelli was right to shoot Ken­neth Chamberlain Sr. dur­ing a stand­off at his home in 2011, the Jour­nal News re­ported.

The deadly en­counter at Chamberlain’s apart­ment in sub­ur­ban White Plains was a pre­cur­sor to the national de­bate over use of force by po­lice in com­mu­ni­ties of color and in re­sponse to calls in­volv­ing emo­tion­ally dis­turbed peo­ple.

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