68 Year Old Black Veteran Killed by Police
Kenneth Chamberlain, a 68 year old African American veteran, was shot dead by police in his home last November.
A racially motivated killing?
The focus of the news in America lately has been on the killing of 15 year old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman, and whether it was racially motivated, but there was another shooting, this time by cops, of an unarmed black person last November that bears looking into. Kenneth Chamberlain, 68, a veteran of the Vietnam War who suffers from heart disease, accidentally pushed a button while sleeping and set off his medical alert system. Police responded to the public housing complex in White Plains, New York, where Chamberlain lived shortly after 5 a. m. on November 19, 2011, and tried to gain entry. Chamberlain said from behind his closed and locked door that he set off the alarm by accident and was perfectly alright. The cops, however, demanded he let them in. Audio tape recorded at the scene reveals Chamberlain saying "Please leave me alone. I'm 68 with a heart condition. Why are you doing this to me? Can you please leave me alone?" Officers can be heard on the audio tape hurling racial slurs at Chamberlain.
The cops took Chamberlain's front door off its hinges, gained entry, tasered him, shot him with a beanbag shotgun, and then with live ammunition. In early December, Kenneth Chamberlain was buried with full military honors.