Jury re­jects $21M law­suit in fa­tal shoot­ing of black man

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS -

A jury on Thurs­day re­jected a $21 mil­lion wrong­ful-death law­suit brought by the fam­ily of a men­tally ill black man who ac­ci­den­tally set off his med­i­cal alert de­vice and then was fa­tally shot by a white po­lice of­fi­cer who showed up at his home.

The ju­rors de­lib­er­ated for about a day be­fore re­ject­ing the case brought by the fam­ily of Ken­neth Cham­ber­lain Sr. against White Plains Of­fi­cer An­thony Carelli and the city, just north of New York City.

Cham­ber­lain’s fam­ily in­sisted the shoot­ing was racially mo­ti­vated. Out­side court, Cham­ber­lain’s son, Ken­neth Cham­ber­lain Jr., blasted the ver­dict, say­ing “it’s very clear that the judge gave the city of White Plains the li­cense to kill with im­punity.”

“We will keep fighting, and I be­lieve jus­tice will be served,” said Cham­ber­lain Jr., who had ear­lier called his fa­ther a vic­tim of “sys­tem­atic racism” by law en­force­ment.

The fam­ily’s at­tor­ney, Ran­dolph McLaughlin, said he planned to file a no­tice of ap­peal.

“Mr. Cham­ber­lain Sr.’s hu­man­ity has been ig­nored by ev­ery part of our le­gal sys­tem from the po­lice to the (district at­tor­ney) and now the fed­eral court,” McLaughlin said in a state­ment.

The deadly 2011 en­counter at Cham­ber­lain’s apart­ment 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. The Cham­ber­lain fam­ily’s law­suit went for­ward af­ter a grand jury de­clined to in­dict the of­fi­cer.

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