Kenneth Chamberlain

Kenneth Chamberlain

Kenneth Chamberlain, the son of a small jeweler, was born in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1891. After graduating from high school in 1909 he attended Columbus Art School (1911-1913). Some of his drawings were published in Columbus Citizen and this encouraged him to move to New York where he secured work with American Art News.

While in New York City Chamberlain studied under Robert Henri where he met Maurice Becker and George Bellows. Both men were committed socialists and it was not long before Chamberlain shared these views: "I went to New York not even knowing what socialism was. I had some rough idea that it was dividing up the wealth. But when I got down with these fellows whose drawings and art I admired so greatly, why, if they'd been cannibals I probably would have turned cannibal."

Maurice Becker and George Bellows introduced Chamberlain to John Sloan, the art editor of The Masses and by 1913 the journal began publishing his cartoons. During the First World War he also began contributing to other papers such as the New York Evening Sun.

Although fellow radicals, such as Art Young and Robert Minor, who resigned from lucrative posts with leading newspapers when ordered to draw pro-war cartoons, Chamberlain willingly produced this type of material for the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph and Harper's Weekly. Chamberlain later explained: "I just went along after we were in the war. I wanted to hold my job as a cartoonist although I wasn't for the war."

After the Armistice Chamberlain worked for the Cleveland Press. He continued to contribute to radical journals such as The Liberator. This upset his editor at the newspaper who told him that "either you'll have to quit working for us or not sign your name." Chamberlain agreed to use the pseudonym, Russell and later described his actions as "an unhappy subterfuge" but was necessary in order to support his family.

In the 1920s Chamberlain worked for the New York Herald-Tribune. His last radical cartoon appeared in The Liberator in August 1923. He later admitted: "As you get older you lose that flash of youthful enthusiasm. I used to get so mad at some of the things I'd want to scream about it, but I wasn't the courageous type to go down and get beaten up by a cop... As you get older you lose that and you see both sides a little more."

In 1933 he went to work for Topics Publishing Company and as a result his cartoons appeared in 120 different newspapers. After losing his job in 1949 he worked for ten years for the National Association of Manufacturers.

Kenneth Chamberlain died in 1984.

I went to New York not even knowing what socialism was. But when I got down with these fellows whose drawings and art I admired so greatly, why, if they'd been cannibals I probably would have turned cannibal. I was sympathetic for it, through having had this art start in Columbus from a disciple of those artists, and so I just fitted in what the Masses did. So I went right down there and sure enough they liked my work enough to use it. And my ideas came. I was won completely and sympathetic for it.

When the Russian Revolution came along we thought that was the end of the struggle, that was the new hope for the world and everything. And I think Art Young never got over that hope. But Max Eastman was one of the first to become disillusioned. He went over there, and he could see that the dictatorship of the proletariat was just about as unpleasant as any other dictatorship.

There's something about Art Young's cartoons and Robert Minor's. They had a knack - I don't know, I can't describe it - but even though they were bitter they met it in sharp, they had a saving grace, either humour or an angle to it that you always liked.

As you get older you lose that flash of youthful enthusiasm. I used to get so mad at some of the things I'd want to scream about it, but I wasn't the courageous type to go down and get beaten up by a cop. But nor would Eastman. He would skirt these things. He would organize meetings and speak, but he was never in any forefront of any struggle, physical violence. But as you get older you lose that and you see both sides a little more.


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Chamberlain was a 68-year-old, African-America n, retired former-Marine, and a 20-year veteran of the Westchester County Department of Corrections. He wore the medical alert bracelet due to a chronic heart problem.

Accusations of racism have been leveled at both the police officers involved, and at law enforcement and justice systems that were reluctant to react. Chamberlain's son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., discussed both issues with lawyer Mayo Bartlett on Democracy Now, highlighting the absurdity of police shooting a person they were summoned to help, as well as the unusual delay in the grand jury investigation.

Chamberlain Jr. said "I wasn't trying to turn this into any type of racially motivated killing, until we heard the audio"—in particular, Hart's use of the word "nigger."

On February 15, 2012, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. said his lawyers had filed a notice of claim informing the city, White Plains Public Safety Department, and White Plains Housing Authority to expect the wrongful death lawsuit.

Chamberlain's death is one of many police killings of unarmed African Americans protested by the Black Lives Matter movement.

THE AUTOPSY:
An autopsy conducted on November 21 revealed that one bullet hit Chamberlain sideways, passing through his right arm and then both lungs. The other bullet seems to have missed. The autopsy, performed by Westchester County Chief Medical Examiner Kunjlata Ashar, also revealed Taser burns on Chamberlain's neck and abdomen.Chamber lain's blood contained alcohol content of 0.11, and the muscle-relaxant cyclobenzaprine . The autopsy found "no drugs of abuse" in Chamberlain's system.

Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. responded, "I'm glad the autopsy is out and shows that my father's hands were at his sides. It absolutely shows that my father wasn't the aggressor and that deadly force was not necessary."

THE MURDER:
At approximately 5:00 a.m., on November 19, 2011, Chamberlain was at home in the Winbrook Public Housing at 135 S. Lexington Avenue in White Plains, New York. His Life Aid medical alert device was triggered, sending an alert to a Life Alert Emergency Response customer service operator, who in turn called the City of White Plains Department of Public Safety.

In response, police officers, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians were dispatched. At Chamberlain's home, police knocked on his door. Chamberlain told them through the door, he did not call them, did not require assistance, was not having a medical emergency, and asked them to leave. Police refused to leave his home, and insisted that Chamberlain open the door. Throughout the entire incident, an audio recording was made by a Life Alert device in the home.

The police became more insistent, and began banging on the door. Chamberlain then contacted the Life Alert operator asking them for help. He stated that the White Plains Police employees were going to enter his home and kill him. The police continued to bang on the door, and then attempted to force it open for approximately one hour. During that time, officer Steven Hart swore at him and called him a "nigger".

Upon breaking down his door, they entered Chamberlain's apartment. Police alleged Chamberlain came at them with a butcher knife when they broke down the door.

Chamberlain's family claims the elderly Chamberlain was unarmed, and did not resist. Police tased him, and then shot him with a bean bag round fired from a shotgun.

Chamberlain allegedly continued to charge at officers with the knife when Officer Anthony Carelli (whose name was withheld for over four months after the incident) shot him twice in the chest with live ammunition.

A camera mounted on the taser captured the tasing, but was not functioning during the shooting.

Chamberlain later died in surgery at White Plains Hospital.

GRAND JURY:
A grand jury reviewed the case and decided that no criminal charge would be made against police officers involved in the killing.

Because grand jury proceedings are secret in New York, the details of the case presented to this body are not known. Lawyers for the family suggest that the case may have been presented in a misleading or ineffective way and are therefore seeking other legal recourses, such as requesting a federal investigation.

On July 2, 2012 a civil suit for $21 million was filed by the victim's son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. against the City of White Plains and the White Plains Police Department.

In November, 2012, the Chamberlain family amended their lawsuit to require the city to modify police procedures with the mentally ill.


Filmmaker David Midell’s ‘The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain’

We can’t deny it. We already had a bit of a filmmaker crush on David Midell, even before his newest film, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain . Not only is the writer/producer/ director making impactful, beautiful films, but he’s not afraid to tackle some of the most controversial topics facing the US today. David Midell is bringing an empathetic and heart wrenching approach to his work, and we are loving every moment of it.

David Midell’s passion for storytelling has already earned him ample notice, including the Prism Award from the Entertainment Industries Council, and we have no doubt that he’s just getting started. We are racing to see his newest true crime docudrama, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain .

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain

Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. was shot in his home in White Plains, NY on November 19th, 2011. When the 68 year old black retired marine’s medical alert necklace inadvertently triggered, emergency services were dispatched to check on him.

Two hours later the police officers who were charged with ensuring Kenneth’s health and safety shot him to death. What happened in the intervening hours was a harrowing tale of fear, abuse, misunderstanding, and strength in the face of insurmountable odds.

David Midell’s precisely accurate retelling of the tragic and wholly preventable death in The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain is both heartbreaking and unflinching. Midell retells the story with painstaking accuracy, using medical alert company phone calls to 911 and eyewitness reports.

The film is shot entirely in the small apartment and hallway, leaving audiences feeling as trapped as Chamberlain must have, and providing the agonizing backdrop for the veteran’s last moments. The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain is the movie that everyone should watch, and no one could forget.

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain premiered at the Austin Film Festival where it won the Audience Award and the Narrative Jury Award, as well as the Las Cruces and Omaha (where it picked up the Audience award for best feature film) film festivals.

David Midell’s evocative film career

It should come as no surprise that David Midell has already made a name for himself by creating emotionally affecting films. He initially began his career by drawing from his work as a teacher and therapist in disadvantaged areas of Chicago.

David Midell’s first feature film is the acclaimed NightLights , released in 2014. NightLights tells the story of Erin, who cares for her non-verbal and low-functioning autistic brother Jacob. With an honest look at the hardships that Erin faces in trying to develop a life while caring for her brother, David Midell grabbed both critics and audience’s attention.

NightLights eventually made its way to the Lifetime Network in 2015, and has been widely applauded for its uncompromising look at the challenges caretakers face in the US today. Similarly, ever since its release in the Austin Film Festival, The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain has provided its own steadfast spotlight into law enforcement and race relations in the US.

David Midell’s distinct voice

David Midell’s unique experiences as a therapist and teacher have developed empathy and understanding that he is bringing to the masses through film. In using his insight to bring to light some of the biggest challenges facing our nation today, he offers an opportunity for compassion and change.

We were so thrilled to have the chance to sit down with this pioneer filmmaker to learn from his experiences and his path forward.

Tell us about your history as a filmmaker. How did you start your journey?

Who are your current influences?

I was completely enamored with film and filmmaking as a child, but I ended up spending most of my time in school studying and performing music. Once I got to college, I decided to shift gears and transferred into the film/theater department, and that’s where I rediscovered this passion that had been dormant for a long time.

After college, I ended up playing in rock bands and gigging around the city of Chicago for a while, as well as pursuing a Masters in special education after a really amazing experience I had working with kids with developmental disabilities. I taught special education for years while also pursuing film, and the experiences I had as an educator really influenced the films I was making.

Some of my biggest influences have been David Fincher, Alexander Payne, and Robert Zemeckis, but recently, and for this film, in particular, I’ve drawn most of my inspiration from docudrama filmmakers like Paul Greengrass and Kathryn Bigelow.

What five TV shows do you think everyone should watch this year?

I’m going to list films instead, cause I don’t keep up with TV the way I should…

  1. Waves (Trey Edward Shults)
  2. Dark Waters (Todd Haynes)
  3. Honey Boy (Ala Har’el)
  4. Booksmart (Olivia Wilde)
  5. The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (Ali LeRoi)

Dog, I grew up with dogs and have always had a huge soft spot for them.

What was the one movie you saw that made you want to go into film?

Paul Greengrass’s United 93 , there’s never been a film that had a more powerful impact on me.

How was working on The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain? What did you learn from the experience?

In terms of making a film that’s based on a true story, the most important thing I learned was the importance of involving the family, and how much making a film like this can impact a community.

I had the incredible experience of visiting the place where the incident portrayed in the film took place, and showing the film to the community. The reaction was so strong and it’s a reminder every day that even though I’ve put so much blood sweat and tears into the film, it’s still just a film to me. To the community and the family, it’s their lives.

Tell us about your career before you found film.

Before I went into film, I taught students with disabilities and worked as a behavior therapist for children and adults with autism. As I mentioned, this really helped shape my voice as a filmmaker and taught me a lot about working with people.

Where did the concept come from for The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain?

The concept for the film came out of research I was doing about cases of institutional discrimination and racism in our criminal justice system. After reading about what happened to Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., I felt strongly that a film about this tragedy could have an impact on audiences and help them understand what someone like Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. went through.

What music inspires you to create?

Lately, it’s been esoteric instrumental pieces from groups like Eluvium, Explosions In The Sky, and This Will Destroy You: music that really gets under your skin viscerally and opens up your imagination.

Talk us through your creative process.

I normally begin with a kernel of an idea, or an event that took place in real life. Then I dig into research and immerse myself in the world of the story, whether it’s a sequence of events and the people involved, or it’s a single person’s life and what made them who they are, etc. This is the stage that takes the longest in my process.

Once I’ve done all that research, I’m able to start writing/outlining, which flows pretty naturally from the research. Everything really comes back to authenticity and when I’m making a creative choice, I’m always asking myself which choice will be more authentic emotionally, factually, or logistically.

What tips do you have for new filmmakers?

The biggest tip I can give is not to write what you think other people want, write what you find interesting. People didn’t actually start responding to my writing until I completely let go of what I thought other people wanted and just wrote what I found fascinating.

What part of filmmaking do you geek out about the most?

I love sound mixing/designing, partially because I’m fortunate enough to work with an incredible sound mixer/designer, but also because by then, the film is assembled and you know whether or not you have something that will affect audiences.

The sound mixing enhances everything that’s going on onscreen, supports the emotional resonance of the film, and creates an entire landscape for the audience’s ears. Sound is half of what the audience is taking in so its hugely important, and I think my musical background helps me communicate with mixers/designers, and helps develop a specific landscape for the sound to exist in.

You’re very hands-on with your projects. How hard is it wearing all the hats?

Difficult, but also very rewarding. I think it’s important for a filmmaker to have at least cursory knowledge of all the different disciplines required to make films, because it helps you collaborate, helps you appreciate the contributions of others, and helps you communicate a lot more effectively, and that’s something I’m not always great at.

If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Probably Cast Away . There are so many films that have had huge effects on me, but this is one that I appreciate more and more every time I watch it.

What’s your next project?

My producing partner Enrico Natale and I are developing a number of different projects, most of which involve true stories or stories that are inspired/based on real events. We’re putting the pieces together financially for those projects and hope to move straight from this one into the next one.

Have you worked with mentors in the past? How would you recommend people go about finding them?

I’ve worked with many people I’ve learned a great deal from, but I wouldn’t say I’ve had one mentor. I’ve had to figure a lot of things out for myself about life and about filmmaking my dad passed away when I was young so I took cues from men in the media, uncles/cousins, etc. about what it means to be a man in the world.

When I first moved out to LA, I didn’t know a soul and I really had to find a social group, colleagues, and people I could learn from on my own.

What has been your biggest failure?

My biggest failure as a filmmaker is that I sometimes allow things to get too heavy on set. With this film in particular, the subject matter is very dark and difficult to handle for many people. It’s a good thing we had people on set who knew how to lighten the mood, because that’s something I’m not always great at.

I took the material so seriously (which is obviously what I had to do with this type of material), but sometimes that prevented me from cracking jokes and lightening the mood when the cast and crew really could have used it. But we were fortunate to have people on set with very good senses of humor, who were able to take the subject matter seriously, but also add some levity to the set when it was needed.

What’s your filmmaking mission?

I think film is undervalued as something that can have a profound effect on people, and really open their minds to a new perspective or an issue they never would have previously considered. My mission is to make films that have that sort of effect on audiences.

Name the most important thing you want viewers to experience when watching your movies.

I want viewers to experience the difficulties and struggles of people they may have never considered before. Whether it’s a man living with autism who is unable to communicate his most basic wants and needs, or an elderly African American man with bipolar disorder who is tragically misunderstood by those who are supposed to protect him, my hope is that audiences consider thoughts, ideas, and people they may never have before.

What has been your biggest success?

I feel like my biggest success with this film is that the Chamberlain family feels like we did justice to their father’s story. It’s been an incredible experience working with them, sharing in their grief about what happened to their father, and hopefully helping other people understand some of the institutional discrimination and racism that still exists in our criminal justice system.

Can we expect to see any episodic television from you anytime soon?

I would love to do an episodic and I have several ideas I’m developing. There are so many stories that could use a full episodic treatment, and I’m excited to sink my teeth into those stories as they develop.

What’s your five-year plan?

My five-year plan is to continue developing as a filmmaker, and eventually reach a point where I’m able to tell stories I’m passionate about without worrying about whether another project will come along.

What indie filmmakers should be on our radar?

I have so many talented friends I’ve met since beginning to make films, that it would be unfair to single out any, but a few of the films and filmmakers whose work has really affected me recently are Trey Edward Shults, Jeff Nichols, and Robert Eggers.

What’s your favorite film of all time, and what did you learn from it?

This is such a hard question, I have so many but one I keep coming back to is Cast Away . When I first saw it almost 20 years ago, it had an incredibly profound effect on me.

Who would compose the soundtrack of your life?

Alan Sylvestri, Thomas Newman, or Trent Reznor.

The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain will next screen at the LA Method Film Festival on March 22 at 7pm, and at the Oxford Film Festival on March 20 at 7:15 pm and March 21 at 1:00 pm.

Partner: Frankie Stein Frankie Stein is from Italy, but lives in Ingolstadt, Germany. Her hobbies are: reading about science, doing experiments, and travelling. She's been all around Europe and loves Scotland, London, and Russia. Her boyfriend is called Victor and they both love listening to The Cure, reading Byron, and gazing upon William Blake prints.

Exclusive: Cop in Fatal Shooting of Ex-Marine Kenneth Chamberlain ID’d, Sued in 2008 Racism Case

In a broadcast exclusive, we reveal the name of the police officer who allegedly killed 68-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain, the retired African-American Marine who was shot dead in his own home in White Plains, New York, in November after he inadvertently triggered his medical alert pendant. Documented in audio recordings, the White Plains police reportedly used a racial slur, burst through Chamberlain’s door, tasered him, then shot him dead. “The last time I actually really saw my father, other than the funeral, was at the hospital, with his eyes wide open, his tongue hanging out his mouth, and two bullet holes in his chest,” said Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. “And I’m staring at my father, wondering, 'What happened?'”

The alleged shooter, Officer Anthony Carelli, is due in court later this month in an unrelated 2008 police brutality case. He is accused of being the most brutal of a group of officers who allegedly beat two arrestees of Jordanian descent and called them “rag heads.” We speak to Gus Dimopoulos, attorney for Jerry and Sal Hatter. “We allege that the police officers, while in the custody of the White Plains Police Department back at the station, you know, severely beat Jerry while being restrained by handcuffs. They hit him in the face with a nightstick, they kicked, they punched, they punched him, and then essentially charged him with a crime,” Dimopoulos said.

Despite repeated requests from Chamberlain’s family for the name of the officer who killed him, White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong only named Carelli as the shooter this morning, after his name appeared in an article written by Democracy Now!'s Juan Gonzalez in the New York Daily News. The White Plains police have refused to say whether Carelli has been disciplined or assigned to desk duty after the fatal shooting of Chamberlain. We get an update on the Chamberlain case from the victim's son, Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr., and his two attorneys, Mayo Bartlett and Abdulwali Muhammad. We also speak with Gus Dimopoulos, a lawyer for the 2008 victims, Jereis Hatter and Salameh Hatter. [includes rush transcript]

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AMY GOODMAN : Well, Juan, following up on last week’s Democracy Now! national broadcast exclusive, today you have a major revelation in your paper, the New York Daily News, about the shooting death of 68-year-old former Marine Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. in White Plains, New York.

JUAN GONZALEZ : Well, that’s right, Amy. It’s been a tightly kept secret, the identity of the White Plains officer who fatally shot Mr. Chamberlain. His name is Officer Anthony Carelli. In a shocking twist, the News has also learned that Carelli is due in court later this month in a federal police brutality case. Jereis Hatter and Salameh Hatter claim Carelli was the most brutal of the officers who beat and kicked them while they were handcuffed during a disorderly conduct arrest in 2008, calling them, quote, “rag heads.” Their parents are Jordanian immigrants. The brothers say Carelli beat Jereis Hatter with a police baton, causing head and eye injuries, while he was handcuffed to a poll in the police station. All charges against the brothers were later dismissed. They have now sued, alleging excessive force and federal civil rights violations.

Meanwhile, the mayor of White Plains has finally offered his condolences to the family of Kenneth Chamberlain, the 68-year-old veteran fatally shot by police in his own home. Chamberlain, an African-American former Marine, was killed after police responded to a false alert from his medical pendant.

AMY GOODMAN : The officers broke down Chamberlain’s door. They tasered him, then shot him dead. That was on November 19th, 2011. On Friday, more than four months later and after the Democracy Now! broadcast, White Plains Mayor Tom Roach issued a statement offering “condolences” to Chamberlain’s family. The move came one day after Chamberlain’s son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., publicly criticized Roach and other city officials for staying silent about the case for so long. Chamberlain’s killing is expected to go before a grand jury in the coming weeks.

In a letter to the Common Council of White Plains dated March 27th, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. wrote, quote, “Although the District Attorney’s office has stated that there will be a fair, honest and complete investigation surrounding the events that took place on the morning of the 19th [of November], it is extremely difficult for my family and I to put trust in a system that we feel has failed us already.”

Well, Democracy Now! reached out to multiple officials in White Plains, including all six members of the Common Council and the Office of Mayor Thomas Roach, but we did not receive a response to our interview requests. We also contacted the offices of White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong and Police Chief James Bradley, as well as Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore. None returned our calls.

For more today, we are joined by Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., again, the son of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., the victim, and by two of the family’s attorneys. Mayo Bartlett is the former chief of the Bias Crimes Unit of the Westchester County District Attorney’s office and the former chair of the Westchester County Human Rights Commission. We’re also joined by another of the family’s attorneys, Abdulwali Muhammad.

We welcome you all to Democracy Now! For people who did not hear the broadcast last week, Ken, can you summarize what happened to your father and then respond to what you have now heard in Juan Gonzalez’s exposé of who the police officer was who shot your father dead?

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Well, a quick summary. My father accidentally triggered his life alert pendant one morning. The police, White Plains police, responded to the home, supposedly to do a medical check to see if he was OK. He told them he was fine, yet they insisted that he open the door. When my father said that he knows his rights and he doesn’t have to open the door, they began to bang on the door for over an hour, ultimately breaking the door down and shooting him and killing him.

AMY GOODMAN : And just to be clear, LifeAid, the medical alert company, when they heard the alarm that goes off from his pendant—maybe he rolled over in bed—around 5:00 in the morning, they were the ones who called the police.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Correct. There’s a two-way box that sits in the house, and once it’s triggered, someone from their central station will come over the box and ask and say, “Mr. Chamberlain, are you OK? You triggered your alarm.” If they don’t get a response, they are going to assume that there is a medical emergency and then automatically call for medical assistance. And that’s what happened.

JUAN GONZALEZ : Well, police have insisted that the use of force was warranted, and they said that your father, Kenneth Chamberlain, was emotionally disturbed and had pulled a knife out on the officers. This is David Chong, public safety commissioner in White Plains, back then.

DAVID CHONG : The officers first used an electronic taser, which was discharged, hit the victim, and had no effect. While the officers were retreating, the officers then used a shotgun, a beanbag shotgun.

JUAN GONZALEZ : That was public safety commissioner of White Plains, David Chong, talking about what had happened. And in the Daily News, we did interview some of residents who said that police had been there before because of—apparently, your father at different times had been yelling out previously, so the police claim that they had had a previous history of going to this house. Now that, of course, doesn’t mean that that excuses any way the actions they took. In fact, if they did feel that he had some kind of emotional problems, that that would have required them to take—to use extra care in how they were able to deal with him.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Mm-hmm. Well, they did say in the beginning, as they were putting their spin on it, that “he is known to us,” but they would never say how my father was known. So, that could mean anything. You could see someone in the streets several times and be—and now they are known to you. But it never was specific on how they actually knew my father. So, and again, as you just said, because he’s known, that isn’t a justification for them to bust his door down and then, allegedly, well, taser him, which we did see on the audio—I mean, on the video, excuse me.

AMY GOODMAN : Because there’s a video on the taser gun.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Yes. So we did see that. But anything after that, we didn’t see.

AMY GOODMAN : Now, this is very interesting. Mayo Bartlett, as we spoke yesterday, you talked about—so there’s two records of this. There’s the audio recording, because of the box in your father’s apartment.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Correct.

AMY GOODMAN : LifeAid records everything in the room once they’re alerted by a medical pendant, and they call the police, because he’s not responding, and they say, “This is not a criminal case this is a medical emergency. Please get over there.” Mayo Bartlett, you talked about the taser video. What did—were you able to see in the video once they took the doors off the hinges? And explain even how that happened.

MAYO BARTLETT : Well, the police arrived. They immediately—first, they properly asked him, Mr. Chamberlain, whether he was all right. He said, “I’m fine.” And at that point, he seemed to be very rational and calm. And they asked him to open the door. He said, “I don’t want to open the door. I didn’t call you. But I’m fine. Everything’s OK.” And the police refused to leave at that point. They began banging on the door. And it’s a steel door, so you can hear a very loud sound. The first time we heard the banging, it startles you. It almost makes you wonder whether shots are being fired at that point. And this is at 5:00 in the morning, and it’s a 68-year-old man, who didn’t call them and wasn’t expecting them to be there, because this—

AMY GOODMAN : But who has a heart condition.

MAYO BARTLETT : And who has a heart condition. And at that point, the taser video actually shows them outside. They use a device to actually pry that door off of its hinges. First they break a lock, and the doors open what appears to be five or six inches, so it’s cracked open. And by the time they finally are able to take that door off its hinges, after about an hour of continuous effort to do so, the door is taken off.

You see, through the—basically, the vantage point of the taser, Mr. Chamberlain with no shirt on, with boxer shorts on, with both arms at his side, standing straight up. He doesn’t say anything. He is not advancing toward the officers. And the officers don’t say anything to him. They don’t give him an opportunity to do anything. They don’t tell him or ask him to put his hands up on the wall or to put his hands behind his head. They don’t ask him to do anything. They immediately charge that taser, and you can see it light up, and then they discharge it in his direction. And that has to be outside of the use of protocol or the protocol for the use of force, which generally is a use of force escalation.

AMY GOODMAN : But then you hear something in—

JUAN GONZALEZ : Well, but not only that, but there’s the issue of why—if you know that you’re going to see someone who has a heart condition, why would you fire a taser at them?

MAYO BARTLETT : I would definitely wonder why you would do that. I would think that there’s certainly less deadly uses of force. But I think, at that point, when he’s standing there with his arms at his side and the boxer shorts and no shirt on, 68-year-old man, there’s no need for use of force at all.

AMY GOODMAN : Then talk about what you hear on the taser video.

MAYO BARTLETT : Well, on that taser—well, you can see on the video, you see them, and you see Mr. Chamberlain standing what appears to be possibly eight, maybe even 10, feet away from them. And you can hear them—someone says, “Cut it. Cut it off.” And at that point, we believe that that means that they’re aware that they are recording their actions. And at that point, the video and audio feed from the taser end.

AMY GOODMAN : Well, they think they’re cutting off the recording of their actions, but in fact LifeAid has that box in there, and they are recording absolutely everything that is going on.

MAYO BARTLETT : Yes.

AMY GOODMAN : This goes to the issue of what you hear next. And Ken Chamberlain Jr., again, if you could recount this—and this goes on before and after, when they’re pulling—this is even before they’ve taken the door off its hinges—what your father is saying to them?

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: You hear a number of things that my father is saying in the audio. One of the things you hear is he’s telling the officers, repeatedly, “I’m OK. I didn’t call you. Why are you doing this to me? Please leave me alone.” The officers are telling him pretty much no, that they want to get inside. He’s saying, “I’m a 68-year-old man with a heart condition. I know what you’re going to do. You’re going to come in here, and you’re going to kill me.” You hear at one point one of the officers say, “Why would you think that? We’re not going to do that.” But he said, “Yes, you are. You have your guns out. Why do you have your guns out? Oh, you have a shield.” Now, I’m thinking to myself—

AMY GOODMAN : What do you mean, the shield?

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: A ballistic shield.

AMY GOODMAN : A full-body ballistic shield.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: A full-body shield, yes. So, you hear that. And I’ll even go so far as to say that you even hear on there my father is referring to a black police officer that’s there, too, and he says, “Black officer, why are you letting them do this to me?” So these are some of the things that you hear in the audio. And again, you hear him give his sworn testimony on the audio.

AMY GOODMAN : What do you mean?

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: He says, “My name is Kenneth Chamberlain, and this is my sworn testimony. White Plains police officers are going to come in here and kill me.”

JUAN GONZALEZ : Now—and, of course, we discussed, as well, that the use of a racial epithet at the time also is caught on tape.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Yes, yes. When he asked them why are they doing this, “Please don’t do this to me. Why are you doing this?” one of the officers say, “I don’t give a F,” and then use the N-word and says, “Open the door.” So, I was very clear in the beginning, when all of this happened, that I wasn’t trying to turn this into any type of racially motivated killing, until we heard the audio. Then, and only then, did I bring that up and say, OK, because, I mean, any logical mind, if you hear that, and then you say, well, what was the outcome? He was shot twice.

JUAN GONZALEZ : Well, interestingly, you know, as I yesterday was working on this story trying to get as much information as I could, the law enforcement people, as we have discussed, have been totally tight-lipped. But there was an acknowledgment by some of them that those—that statement was a problem that they saw early on, but that they are now saying that they believe that, yes, that was uttered, and—but it was not uttered by any of the officers who directly went into the—someone else in the employ of the White Plains Police Department said that outside, but was not part of the group that went in. Now, obviously, that’s what they’re claiming. We don’t know what the facts will show eventually. But it was clear that they had to know immediately, once they—and they did hear that tape early on—that they had a problem here with the officers that were going in there that they were going to have to deal with.

AMY GOODMAN : They knew that was a problem, but, Mayo Bartlett, when you saw the transcript of what was said on this LifeAid recording, did you see this racial epithet?

MAYO BARTLETT : What’s troubling is, no, when we saw the transcripts of the recording, that racial epithet was not there. And it’s additionally troubling to me that White Plains members of law enforcement are aware that they have an officer who uses this type of language with respect to the citizens of White Plains. And if you were to be employed in any other capacity, whether it was in the entertainment field or anywhere else, and you use a remark like that, and you use disparaging comments like that, you’d lose your job. You are not out there still working with individuals. And if you’re in the entertainment industry, people don’t rely on you for their safety. We’re talking about individuals who are employed by the public, that the public relies on to provide safety and to assist them in their time of need. And if that person has that type of bias in his or her heart, that individual has no place working for the city of White Plains.

AMY GOODMAN : Let’s turn to the latest revelation—we’re going to break for a moment, and then the piece that is in today’s New York Daily News, Juan Gonzalez, the lead writer, exposing exactly who this police officer is who shot your father, Kenneth Chamberlain, dead. This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report. We continue with this conversation, “Black in White Plains: The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.,” in a moment.

AMY GOODMAN : Juan, your exposé in today’s New York Daily News, I am going to hold it up. It’s not the baseball picture at the top it’s what’s underneath. And it says, “Named! Exclusive: NEWS IDs cop who shot retired Marine.”

JUAN GONZALEZ : Yes. Well, you know, I—as a longtime reporter, I know that in a small town word gets out, especially in a situation like this, of who was involved, and it was only a matter of being able to find out, even though officials have said nothing about who was involved, which is very rare in a case like this this that the officers are not named. And we started hearing the name of a particular officer, but it took until late yesterday, almost until the evening, 'til we were actually able to get confirmation that the officer who was directly involved in the shooting was an officer by the name of Anthony Carelli, who joined the White Plains police force in 2004 at the age of 21, and who, amazingly, is about to go into a trial, a federal civil rights trial, by two brothers who were arrested by Carelli and a group of officers back in 2008 on Memorial Day weekend in downtown White Plains in a strip where there's a lot of bars and restaurants and large crowds tend to gather on weekends, and the two brothers were arrested for disorderly conduct, a charge that was later dropped.

But it turns out that they are alleging in their lawsuit, a $10 million lawsuit against the police department of White Plains, that Carelli was the lead officer who brought them into the precinct and cuffed them to a long bar in the booking room and then beat one of the brothers, Jereis Hatter, and repeatedly beat him. And interestingly, in a deposition that we got a hold of in the case, Carelli claimed that—because he had to explain some of the injuries that Hatter clearly had—that on the way to the precinct, in the police car, Hatter repeatedly was banging his head, from the back seat of the patrol car, was banging his head against the plastic partition in the police vehicle. And so, when questioned, “Well, what did you do?” Carelli said, “Well, I told him to stop. But he wouldn’t listen, and he kept banging his head over and over again against the plastic shield in the police car.” And because, obviously, the young man went into the precinct with no injuries and came out—and we have a picture of him in the newspaper with a battered face. And so, they are now suing, claiming civil rights violations and excessive force by the police department.

AMY GOODMAN : And then, the yelling of the racial epithet.

JUAN GONZALEZ : Yes, and that he—and that while they were being beaten, Carelli was calling them “rag heads” inside the precinct. And one brother says that—we were able to reach him late at night. He said that Carelli should not be on the force, that he beat him in the head, he kicked him in the groin. And he just wants justice.

AMY GOODMAN : And this is while he was handcuffed to a pole in the police station.

JUAN GONZALEZ : Yes, yes.

AMY GOODMAN : Wouldn’t they have video of what happened inside a police station?

JUAN GONZALEZ : Well, interestingly, the police department says they have no surveillance—they had no video inside. This is the police headquarters we’re not talking about a small precinct. This is the police headquarters. They have—there is no video of anything that happened, according to the police department.

AMY GOODMAN : And interestingly, as you report in the New York Daily News, a man who said he was Carelli’s brother answered the door at Carelli’s house in Harrison, Westchester County, and told the New York Daily News, “So I assume his name leaked out today. Lovely.”

JUAN GONZALEZ : Right. And subsequent to that, the Harrison police arrived at the house and ordered our Daily News reporters away from the house and are now stationed outside the policeman’s house to, I guess, shield, protect him from the cameras.

AMY GOODMAN : In a 2010 deposition, you report, Carelli said he made about 250 to 300 arrests as a police officer.

JUAN GONZALEZ : Yes, he was part, at that time, in 2008, of apparently a street unit in the White Plains Police Department that specializes in the local downtown bars and, interestingly, in the public housing projects. And his partner, Julio Orellana, in his deposition says that “We were doing all these quality-of-life arrests in places like downtown and in the projects,” specifically naming Winbrook, the public housing development that your father lived in, Kenneth.

AMY GOODMAN : Your reaction to hearing this?

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Well, I’m glad that the name is out, and I definitely want to thank you, Mr. Gonzalez, for researching that and getting that out there so the public knows who this person is, because, as you just stated, my father’s incident is not the first incident. So, it’s almost like a snowball effect. He was beating people, and now he ultimately killed someone. So when I hear that, it just goes back to the visual of the last time I actually really saw my father, other than the funeral, was at the hospital, with his eyes wide open, his tongue hanging out his mouth, and two bullet holes in his chest. And I’m staring at my father, wondering, “What happened? How did this happen?”

And I’ve often heard in White Plains that there was a unit that would go around in White Plains, and people used to say, “If you’re hanging out on the weekends in White Plains, be careful.” And I asked them, “Why?” They said, “There is a unit out here that will get you, and that they will—they’ll beat you up.” And I said, “Really?” And they said, “Yes.” And then, for you to reveal this information, it just brings me back to that conversation that I had with someone in the street.

AMY GOODMAN : We are joined right now by the lawyer for the two brothers who have sued the police officer, Anthony Carelli, and other police officers for their beating, their beating and arrest in 2008. His name is Gus Dimopoulos. He’s quoted in Juan’s piece in the New York Daily News.

Mr. Dimopoulos, welcome to Democracy Now! Explain the case that your clients have against this police officer, who has now been named as the shooter of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.

GUS DIMOPOULOS : Good morning, everyone.

My clients were celebrating a birthday party of one of their friends at the Black Bear Saloon in 2008. When they basically exited the Black Bear Saloon after they had, you know, been celebrating the birthday, they were confronted by various members of the police department. And essentially, they alleged that my clients were being disorderly and causing a ruckus on the street and screaming and fighting. Ultimately, both brothers, Jerry and Sal, were arrested on the street in White Plains and taken into police custody. They were charged with disorderly conduct. They essentially allege that while they were on the street, they were causing such a scene, screaming, yelling, resisting arrest, and doing all sorts of other things. They—we allege that the police officers, while in the custody of the White Plains Police Department back at the station, you know, severely beat Jerry while being restrained by handcuffs. They hit him in the face with a nightstick, they kicked, they punched him, and then essentially charged him with a crime. And then, ultimately, when it went to trial, they were unable to prove their case. You know, the judge in the criminal case dismissed the charges for disorderly conduct, basically said the cops’ story didn’t make any sense, and the charges were dismissed.

Ultimately, in the case we have pending for excessive force, they’ve made similar denials: nobody hit him. Nobody can explain how he got all the bruises and the black eyes. The only story that that was able to get—that we’re able to glean from the litigation is that from Carelli himself, who basically spent the most time with Jerry when he was arrested, and he tried to allege that he was self-inflicting his wounds by hitting his face against the police divider between the front and back of the car. You know, no other police officer corroborated Carelli’s testimony on this front.

And also, some of the bouncers from the bar—you know, Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains is a busy place, especially on a weekend night. And they called a bunch of witnesses to give deposition testimony about the event, and all of them said that he really wasn’t acting the way that the police alleged that he was acting. He was—you know, he was perfectly cooperative when he was arrested. He didn’t try to get out of the custody. He didn’t do anything.

So, you know, our allegations in the complaint is they just—they essentially profiled him. You know, he is of Arab-American descent. They arrested him and then, you know, beat him down in the police office when he was defenseless and in their custody. So, you know, we’re basically making our claims under civil rights law that, you know, Jerry’s injuries, both physical and emotional, are reprehensible. And, you know, it’s a horrible event. It’s a horrible event.

JUAN GONZALEZ : And you also allege that Carelli made anti-Arab remarks while they were in custody.

GUS DIMOPOULOS : Jerry had—did testify that he did make several anti-Arab racial slurs towards Jerry and his brother, absolutely.

AMY GOODMAN : What did he call them?

GUS DIMOPOULOS : I don’t have the deposition testimony in front of me, but I know that, from memory, that he was called a—I’m trying to remember the exact word, but—

AMY GOODMAN : You have it from the deposition.

JUAN GONZALEZ : Yeah, I think it was “rag head.”

GUS DIMOPOULOS : “Rag head.” That — “rag head,” and I think there were others in the deposition testimony. Without it in front of me, I’m not confident—but I do remember him saying, absolutely, they called him a “rag head.”

AMY GOODMAN : Mr. Dimopoulos, when you heard the story of Kenneth Chamberlain and then the fact that Anthony Carelli, the police officer who you charge in this case of having hurled the racial epithet, beat your client, that he is the shooter in the Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., case, your response?

GUS DIMOPOULOS : Well, first of all, obviously, to the Chamberlain family and obviously his son, as well, you know, it’s a horrible event, and I’m sorry that they have to go through that. You know, I heard Mr. Chamberlain’s son saying before the reputation of the White Plains Police Department, and I’ve heard the same thing. It’s a very charged police force. They’re—you know, being in the line of work that I am, obviously, I hear a lot about it. I’ve been consulted on, you know, dozens of excessive force cases. Not all of them are clear. Some of them are not. But it seems to me that the Chamberlain case—I’ve been following it somewhat—you know, it’s a horrible, horrible tragedy. We did our own investigation to see if we could determine whether or not various police officers that we named in our complaint were involved. Of course, from the beginning, you know, as the [inaudible] say, it’s a very hush-hush case. No one is willing to talk to anybody. Nobody’s willing to give any information. But, you know, I was unable to confirm any involvement, but obviously [inaudible] investigation. But it’s a horrible event. If those facts are true, it’s a shame and a tragedy. And really, my heart goes out to the family.

JUAN GONZALEZ : I’d like ask Abdulwali Muhammad, another one of the lawyers of the family, your reaction when you hear about this and about this officer now? Because the trial in this other case is going to begin on April 23rd in federal court in White Plains.

ABDULWALI MUHAMMAD : The same story that was spun regarding this incident with these two gentlemen who were abused by the police smacks—or, is similar to the one that was given by the commissioner, police commissioner, regarding Mr. Chamberlain’s father, that he was a hatchet-wielding mentally disturbed person, and that, of course, would have justified police action against him. And that story didn’t say anything about the fact that he was in his home or that the medical alert had gone off. And but for the fact that we have the tapes, we would not be able to present the story that we’ve had to the public and make our demands that the tapes be released, that the officer’s name be released, as well.

AMY GOODMAN : You know, you come from a very illustrious family, the son-in-law of Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis—

ABDULWALI MUHAMMAD : You busted me.

AMY GOODMAN : —who are famous actors, of course, but also civil rights leaders in the community, Ossie Davis was, Ruby Dee is. You live in the White Plains area in Westchester County. Does this surprise you that this took place, Abdulwali Muhammad?

ABDULWALI MUHAMMAD : Well, as Malcolm X so appropriately said, as long as you’re south of the Canadian border, you’re South. That’s how I look at all of these incidents. Whether or not it happens in Florida or it happens California, like you mentioned earlier in the show with the news about the sentencing of the police officers in New Orleans, you know, this is racism, it’s classism. I doubt that this type of behavior would have taken place with the police department if it was in Scarsdale or some other wealthy community. They wouldn’t have busted down the door. If the owners of the home told the police to go away, they would have wagged their tails and gone away.

AMY GOODMAN : This is four months ago that this took place. April 10th, the Trayvon Martin grand jury is expected to begin hearing testimony. April 11th now—after you left Democracy Now! last Thursday, you went over to the DA’s office, the Westchester County DA’s office. Ken Chamberlain, what did they assure you there?

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Well, there really was no real assurance of anything other than the fact that she did say that she was going to present all of the evidence to the grand jury.

AMY GOODMAN : This is Janet DiFiore.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Janet DiFiore, correct. So, I’m hoping that she does do that. And I did say to her, when they were giving us a date around April 11th, I said, “Well, my father’s birthday is April 12th. He would have been 69 years old.” I said, “So, give him one last birthday present and come back with a criminal indictment on these officers.” So, hopefully she’ll do that.

AMY GOODMAN : And you’re talking about officers.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Yes. Even though Mr. Carelli has been named the shooter, there were other officers that were there that could have stopped that from happening. So, just like in any other case, if you and I did something, or I did something and you was with me, you acted in concert. You did nothing to stop him, so you should be charged, as well.

AMY GOODMAN : So, let’s be clear here. On November 19th, your father, a pendant goes off, medical alert. The company doesn’t—isn’t able to hear him in the apartment, called the police, says it’s a medical emergency, not a criminal case. The police come. He’s up now. He says to them, “I’m fine.” Let’s go to what was happening in the hallway, because there is actually another video, and that is the public housing video in the hallway. Your cousin, your dad’s niece, Tonyia, lived upstairs.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Correct.

AMY GOODMAN : She hears noise. She comes running down the stairs. And she also has a cell phone, is that right?

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Yes.

AMY GOODMAN : So tell us what happened, from her vantage point, another way of alerting the police.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: It’s my understanding, after speaking to my cousin, she received a call from her mother, who said, “Go down” —

AMY GOODMAN : Your dad’s sister.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Yes. Told her, “Go downstairs and check on your uncle. Something’s going on down there.” And she went downstairs with her cell phone. And she told the police officers down there, “I’m his niece.” It didn’t matter. They waved her back and continued to do whatever it is that they were doing.

AMY GOODMAN : On the audio recording of the LifeAid company that’s recording everything inside, you hear the LifeAid people saying to the police, “This order is canceled. We have made contact with Mr. Chamberlain. He’s OK.”

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Yes.

AMY GOODMAN : Mayo Bartlett, what was the response on the audio—what was the response of the police that you hear on the tape?

MAYO BARTLETT : It’s astonishing. I mean, you hear the people who called you to give assistance say, “We are canceling our request for assistance.” The police ignore that. They say it’s too late for that. The same company says that “We have Mr. Chamberlain’s son, who lives only five minutes away.”

AMY GOODMAN : That’s you, Kenneth.

MAYO BARTLETT : “Do you mind if we contact his son, so you can speak to him? Maybe he can help you.” They say, “We don’t need any mediators.” His sister, Mr. Chamberlain’s sister, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr.’s aunt, was on the phone, and they were asking whether she could speak with her brother. The police said no. And at one point, when Tonyia Greenhill is present, what occurs is—

AMY GOODMAN : This is your cousin.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Yes.

MAYO BARTLETT : Yes. She’s downstairs, and she overhears the police asking Mr. Chamberlain, “Do you have any family?” She goes over to give assistance. She says, “I’m his niece.” They ignore that. So they’ve had every opportunity to take advantage of people who could have been of assistance. And again, it’s not a situation where they were investigating a crime and they’re putting a civilian into harm’s way. They’re there to give assistance. And in particular, if you’re dealing with an elderly individual, you don’t know whether that person even has dementia or whether they’re actually able to give you all of their medical history. If you have a family member that’s present, you should take full advantage of the fact that that individual is there.

JUAN GONZALEZ : And I think that the—that’s a critical point, in discussions with you, not only that they seem to have made up their minds that they were going to just go in there, but also that even when they did make up their minds, there was someone in full body gear that could have led the way, been the first person in there. But they claim—but that person did not go in, and instead it was these officers who went in there and who then claim that Mr. Chamberlain came at them with a knife, and they had no recourse but to shoot.

MAYO BARTLETT : Absolutely. And in the initial report by the police department, they suggest—first of all, they neglect to mention that they were there for a medical emergency, so it leads the public to believe that they’re there investigating a crime. They don’t really focus on the fact that it’s all within Mr. Chamberlain’s home. And they give the suggestion that they are retreating from Mr. Chamberlain, when in fact everything that we can see shows us that that is not accurate. And the minute that that door is taken off of the hinges, you see the taser light up. Mr. Chamberlain is in his home, not advancing toward anyone, and then they make the decision to cut the video and the audio feed from that taser and suggest to us that somehow, after this 68-year-old man who has a heart condition is shot with a taser and then with four beanbag shotguns, discharged beanbags from a shotgun, that he is able to still grab a knife and/or a hatchet and charge at them and cause perhaps a dozen able-bodied individuals who work for the Department of Public Safety to retreat. And again, they had a full-body ballistic shield with them, which is designed to prevent them from being shot. It’s designed to withstand firearms discharge.

AMY GOODMAN : Juan, you have five unanswered questions in the New York Daily News, which I think are really important.

JUAN GONZALEZ : Yes, well, we wrote these in response to the fact that no one really is saying—making any official statements.

AMY GOODMAN : And we have called all the authorities to ask them to be on Democracy Now!

JUAN GONZALEZ : And the questions are: Why has the White Plains Police Department refused for months to release the names of the officers involved? Have any of the cops been stripped of their guns or placed on modified assignment? Will authorities release the audio and videotapes that documented the clash between Chamberlain and police? Will authorities make public the official incident report? And who was the ranking officer on the scene who ordered Chamberlain, a man with a heart condition, to be tasered?

MAYO BARTLETT : Can I very briefly—I think that one thing that happens is, when we have these incidents, we tend to ask for justice for the individuals. And I commend and I have so much respect for the Chamberlain family, because in addition to seeking justice for their father, they’re seeking justice for the entire community, and that means anyone who lives in White Plains, anyone who may come into White Plains, even if you don’t live there, because this is justice for the entire community.

We have Mr. Carelli, who has—about to go to trial on a federal police brutality case, where he is alleged to have used racial slurs and beaten people who are confined in handcuffs, and he’s out there. He’s one of the people who responds to Mr. Chamberlain. And that’s troubling to me. And we have a city that has maintained a tremendous amount of secrecy to protect him, so that he can continue to be out there. So now it begs the question, that you have to wonder who are your individuals policing your town. Are these people under federal investigation? Are these individuals who have beaten other people in your community? We don’t have any idea. And to me, that is frightening. And that’s—it’s a frightening prospect that a government would go to such lengths to protect individuals like this. If this was to happen in Syria, we would be calling for military action, possibly. So, when it’s happening here, we need to be vigilant, and we need to call for transparency. But these individuals shouldn’t be out there with weapons.

AMY GOODMAN : Abdulwali Muhammad?

ABDULWALI MUHAMMAD : There is one point on the audio where the entire color or nature of the dialogue changes. Initially, there is a back-and-forth: “Let us in. Let us in.” “No, I don’t want you to come in.” And they begin the process of trying to go through Mr. Chamberlain’s door. But it’s relatively, I would say—under the law, they may have been acting, even though they were acting—they were doing something which was not legal under the law, under the Fourth Amendment. The police officers were maybe conducting themselves properly, to a certain degree. I don’t know. But there was a certain part of that where the dialogue changed, and it got very ugly. It got very ugly. And it seems as if the authority was trying to be superimposed not from the place of the law, but from a personal ego. There was ego in there that has no place in a professional conduct.

AMY GOODMAN : I’m not sure if Gus Dimopoulos is still on the phone, but—

GUS DIMOPOULOS : I’m still on the line, and I actually wanted to make a point on that topic. You know, one of the things—

AMY GOODMAN : This is the attorney for the two brothers, Jereis and Salameh Hatter, who have sued, in a multimillion-dollar suit, the police officer who also shot Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. Gus Dimopoulos?

GUS DIMOPOULOS : One of the things we tried very hard to understand during the course of discovery in our case was basically the role of White Plains’s internal investigation into the allegations and into the events. And, you know, we were surprised to find out that basically the—there is an officer in White Plains who has his office amongst all the other offices of White Plains who, you know, quote-unquote, is the “internal affairs investigator.” You know, I think he’s a lieutenant. His name is Fitzmaurice. Basically, his only action in connection with the allegations of the Hatter brothers was he got a written statement from each of the officers in the—in the arrest. So, he had a, you know, a one- or a two-paragraph little statement from each of the officers. If they sign it, they put in the file.

We questioned not only the officers involved, but we questioned the highest-ranking official in the city of White Plains Police Department. We were unable to get the acting chief, because he was in transition at the time, having been—you know, he’s basically new. But there really was no investigation that happened in connection to my clients’ allegations. It was—you know, the day after the event, all the officers testified that Lieutenant Fitzmaurice basically said, “Write down what happened.” And there was a signed statement. It got tucked in the file. They never spoke to anybody else. They never questioned any of the witnesses on the scene or anything like that. There was no—no substantive investigation.

And not only that, but there’s no—there is no separation between White Plains’s—what’s commonly referred to as, you know, internal affairs, someone who investigates the conduct of the police department—there’s no separation between that officer and the officers who are charged in these complaints. And we found that odd. And we also found it odd that we were, through various channels, demanding depositions and the records with respect to this investigation, but there were none, and they wouldn’t let us talk to anyone. So, I think that that goes to the points that were earlier made that it really is shrouded in secrecy, what happens with these police officers.

JUAN GONZALEZ : And Gus, Gus Dimopoulos, when we talked yesterday, you also were surprised that there was no camera inside the booking area in the White Plains Police Department, when you think police departments—

GUS DIMOPOULOS : Oh, I know, Juan. I know—I know there’s a camera.

JUAN GONZALEZ : —use surveillance cameras for so many other things.

GUS DIMOPOULOS : I apologize. I know there’s a camera. I saw it myself. But the allegation from White Plains is that the camera either wasn’t operational on that night or the system was being backed up. I could never get a clear—there are cameras inside the booking headquarters. But they didn’t have any tape of the incident. Let’s put it that way.

AMY GOODMAN : As you listen to this, Mayo Bartlett, you’re not only one of the family attorneys, along with Abdulwali Muhammad and Randolph McLaughlin, you are a former prosecutor. You are from inside this very office that we’re talking about, well, the Westchester DA’s office. Your thoughts, from being an insider, now being outside of that?

MAYO BARTLETT : Well, generally, whenever there is video that his beneficial to law enforcement, that video exists, it’s there, you have great quality, and you can use it. And any time that the video is questionable, you don’t have video. So we can ask officers—we routinely ask them when we’re going to trial, “Did you arrive at the location in a marked vehicle or an unmarked vehicle?” And when they say, “A marked vehicle,” well, generally, today we know that that vehicle is going to have video. “Did you put your siren on when you were on your way there?” “Yes.” “Was there any video?” “Oh, I’m not sure.” “Which vehicle were you in?” We know crystal clear, because we’ve heard, in some occasions, the same officer testify that the vehicle does have a camera on one trial, but in another it does not.

AMY GOODMAN : And why haven’t these audiotapes—the audiotape of LifeAid, which you hear the whole thing, racial slurs and all, the taser video, the public housing hallway video—been released? I mean, in the case of Trayvon Martin, those 911 tapes were released immediately.

MAYO BARTLETT : I think they absolutely should have been released. I think it’s solely in the discretion of the prosecution and the police department. And given the information that we’ve learned today, it seems clear to me that there is a vested interest in not releasing it, just as there was in not releasing the identity of Mr. Carelli, because Mr. Carelli is going to trial within the next few weeks.

AMY GOODMAN : Just as there was in not mentioning the racial slur on the transcript of the audiotape.

MAYO BARTLETT : Yes.

AMY GOODMAN : Abdulwali Muhammad?

ABDULWALI MUHAMMAD : And the difference being, in the Martin case, that Zimmerman is not the police department.

JUAN GONZALEZ : And so, we’re faced now with April 11th for the grand jury supposedly beginning, possibly, and April 23rd for the U.S. District Court trial of Officer Carelli.

AMY GOODMAN : Ken Chamberlain, your father was not only a former Marine, he was also a corrections guard? Officer?

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Corrections officer, yes, from the Westchester County Department of Corrections.

AMY GOODMAN : As we wrap up, your final thoughts?

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Well, I guess my question has been answered as far as what was all the secrecy around the name of the shooter, and now we know. And I had a feeling about that all along. I said, “Something’s not right. I’m surprised they haven’t released the name. Something is wrong with this officer.” And now we know that he has other charges pending right now. So it’s very damaging, not only to him, but to the department on a whole, because people are going to start to look at White Plains Police Department and say, “What type of officers do you have in there?” But at the same time, I know it’s not the whole police department. So we just want to bring into focus those that lack the integrity in safeguarding the people of the community.

AMY GOODMAN : Ken Chamberlain Jr., again, our condolences on the death of your father, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.

KENNETH CHAMBERLAIN JR.: Thank you.

AMY GOODMAN : And thank you very much to Mayo Bartlett and Abdulwali Muhammad, your attorneys, and to attorney Gus Dimopoulos, representing Jereis and Salameh Hatter. That does it for our broadcast. We reached out to the police, to the office of Mayor Thomas Roach, as well as to the Common Council of White Plains, Westchester County. And we hope that they will join us on the show in later broadcasts.


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Chamberlain was born in 1934 in Beverly Hills, California, the second son of Elsa Winnifred (née von Benzon later Matthews) and Charles Axion Chamberlain, who was a salesman. [3] [4] [5] [6] In 1952, Chamberlain graduated from Beverly Hills High School and later attended Pomona College (class of 1956). [1] [7]

Chamberlain co-founded a Los Angeles–based theatre group, Company of Angels, and began appearing in television series in the 1950s. He was cast as Lt. Dave Winslow in "Chicota Landing", a 1960 episode of the series Riverboat. In the story, Juan Cortilla, a Mexican bandit played by Joe De Santis, is stormed from jail. Chamberlain, as United States Army Lieutenant Winslow, asks Grey Holden (lead series character played by Darren McGavin) to transport Cortilla and his men to a military garrison. Instead, Cortilla takes over Holden's vessel and its gunpowder. Connie Hines appears with Chamberlain as Lucy Bridges, and Ted de Corsia is cast as another bandit. [8]

Less than a year later, in 1961, Chamberlain gained widespread fame as the young intern, Dr. Kildare, in the NBC/MGM television series of the same name, co-starring with Raymond Massey. Chamberlain's singing ability also led to some hit singles in the early 1960s, including the "Theme from Dr. Kildare", titled "Three Stars Will Shine Tonight", which struck No. 10 according to the Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Dr. Kildare ended in 1966, after which Chamberlain began performing on the theatre circuit. In 1966, he was cast opposite Mary Tyler Moore in the ill-fated Broadway musical Breakfast at Tiffany's, co-starring Priscilla Lopez, which, after an out-of-town tryout period, closed after only four previews. Decades later, he returned to Broadway in revivals of My Fair Lady [9] and The Sound of Music. [10]

At the end of the 1960s, Chamberlain spent a period of time in England where he played in repertory theatre and in the BBC's Portrait of a Lady adaptation, becoming recognized as a serious actor. In 1969, he starred opposite Katharine Hepburn in the film The Madwoman of Chaillot. While in England, he took vocal coaching and in 1969 performed the title role in Hamlet for the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, becoming the first American to play the role there since John Barrymore in 1925. He received excellent notices and reprised the role for television in 1970 for the Hallmark Hall of Fame. A recording of the presentation was released by RCA Red Seal Records and was nominated for a Grammy Award.

In the 1970s, Chamberlain enjoyed success as a leading man in films: The Music Lovers (1970), Lady Caroline Lamb (playing Lord Byron 1973), The Three Musketeers (1973), The Lady's Not for Burning (made for television, 1974), The Towering Inferno (in a villainous turn as a dishonest engineer, 1974), and The Count of Monte Cristo (1975). In The Slipper and the Rose (1976), a musical version of the Cinderella story, co-starring Gemma Craven, he displayed his vocal talents. A television film, William Bast's The Man in the Iron Mask (1977), followed. The same year, he starred in Peter Weir's film The Last Wave.

Chamberlain later appeared in several popular television mini-series (earning him a nickname of "King of the Mini-Series"), [11] including Centennial (1978–79), Shōgun (1980), and The Thorn Birds (1983) as Father Ralph de Bricassart with Rachel Ward and Barbara Stanwyck co-starring. In the 1980s, he appeared as leading man with King Solomon's Mines (1985), and played Jason Bourne/David Webb in the television film version of The Bourne Identity (1988).

Since 1990 Edit

Since the 1990s, Chamberlain has appeared mainly in television movies, on stage, and as a guest star on such series as The Drew Carey Show and Will & Grace. He starred as Henry Higgins in the 1993–1994 Broadway revival of My Fair Lady. In the fall of 2005, Chamberlain appeared in the title role of Ebenezer Scrooge in the Broadway National Tour of Scrooge: The Musical. In 2006, Chamberlain guest-starred in an episode of the British drama series Hustle as well as season 4 of Nip/Tuck. In 2007, Chamberlain guest-starred in episode 80 (Season 4, Episode 8, "Distant Past") of Desperate Housewives as Glen Wingfield, Lynette Scavo's stepfather.

In 2008 and 2009, he appeared as King Arthur in the national tour of Monty Python's Spamalot. In 2010, he appeared as Archie Leach in season 3, episode 3 of the series Leverage, [12] as well as two episodes of season 4 of Chuck where he played a villain known only as The Belgian. [13] Chamberlain has also appeared in several episodes of Brothers & Sisters, playing an old friend and love-interest of Saul's. [14] He also appeared in the independent film We Are the Hartmans in 2011. In 2012, Chamberlain appeared on stage in the Pasadena Playhouse as Dr. Sloper in the play The Heiress. [15]

Chamberlain was outed as a gay man at the age of 55 by the French women's magazine Nous Deux in December 1989, but it was not until 2003 that he confirmed his homosexuality in his autobiography Shattered Love: A Memoir. [16]

Chamberlain was involved romantically with television actor Wesley Eure in the early 1970s. [17]

In 1977, at the age of 43, he met actor-writer-producer Martin Rabbett, 20 years his junior, with whom he began a long-term relationship. [18] This led to a civil union in the state of Hawaii, where the couple resided from 1986 to 2010 and during which time Chamberlain legally adopted Rabbett to protect his future estate. Rabbett and Chamberlain starred together in Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold, in which they played brothers Allan and Robeson Quatermain.

In spring 2010, Chamberlain returned to Los Angeles to pursue career opportunities, with Rabbett staying in Hawaii. [19] At the same time, Chamberlain put his oceanfront Maui home on the market the property sold in 2011. [20] [21] In a 2014 interview in The New York Times, Chamberlain said Rabbett and he "don't live together anymore, and we're much better friends than we've ever been.” [22]

In 1962, Chamberlain won the Golden Apple Award for Most Co-Operative Actor. In 1963 he won a Golden Globe award for Best TV Star – Male for: Dr. Kildare (1961). He won the Photoplay Award for Most Popular Male Star for three consecutive years, from 1962 to 1964.

Chamberlain was nominated for a Grammy Award for a recording of his Hamlet.

In 1980, he won the Golden Apple award for Male Star of the Year. In 1981, he won a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series – Drama for: Shogun (1980). In 1982, he won the Clavell de Plata award at the Sitges – Catalan International Film Festival as Best Actor for The Last Wave (1977). In 1984, he won a Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV for: The Thorn Birds (1983). In 1985, he won the Aftonbladet TV Prize (Sweden) for Best Foreign TV Personality – Male.

On March 12, 2011, Chamberlain received the Steiger Award (Germany) for accomplishments in the arts.


Our History and Heritage

Our roots go back to the Deaconess tradition of 19th-century Europe. Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, studied at a Deaconess facility in Germany and later applied the concepts she learned to her nursing practice. In 1889, an evangelical pastor in St. Louis, Missouri, proposed establishing healthcare services based on the Deaconess model to address the needs of the local community. Those services evolved into the Deaconess School of Nursing and, later, Deaconess College of Nursing.

In March 2005, Adtalem Global Education, Inc. (NYSE: ATGE member S&P MidCap 400 Index), a global education provider headquartered in the United States, acquired Deaconess. A term of the acquisition agreement required Adtalem to change the name of the school. The chosen name, Chamberlain, is derived from the Middle English word "chaumberlein," which means "chief steward" – in recognition of the critical role of the nurse as the central steward and coordinator of patient care. The purpose of Adtalem Global Education, Chamberlain’s parent organization, is to empower students to achieve their goals, find success and make inspiring contributions to the global community. For more information please visit www.adtalem.com.

Today, with a College of Nursing and a College of Health Professions, a growing network of campuses, and robust online offerings, Chamberlain University continues to raise the standard of nursing and healthcare education and advance healthcare outcomes in communities across the country and around the world.


Photographs showing the growth of Wold-Chamberlain Field

Wold-Chamberlain Field was established in 1920 by the Twin City Aero Corporation on the site of the current Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Originally known as Speedway Field, the airport featured a racetrack for cars that ran around the airfield.

The airport became Wold-Chamberlain Field in 1923, named after two Minnesotans (Ernest Groves Wold, 1897-191, and Cyrus Foss Chamberlain, 1896-1918) killed in World War I. The airfield was acquired by the Minneapolis Park Board in 1928, and the name was changed to Minneapolis Municipal Airport/Wold-Chamberlain Field. In [date?] the airport became the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport/Wold-Chamberlain Field.

The accompanying photographs show the growth of the airport over time from 1940 to 1965.

Photograph Credits: 1. Aerial view, Wold-Chamberlain Field, 1940. Minnesota Historical Society Photograph Collection, loc. no. MH5.3W p38

2. Aerial view of Wold Chamberlain Field, 1948. Photgrapher: Ver Keljik Minnesota Historical Society Photograph Collection, loc. no. MH5.3W p72

3. Aerial of the Airport area, concentrating on the United States Naval Airbase area, 1956. Photographer: Minneapolis Star Journal Tribune Minnesota Historical Society Photograph Collection, loc. no. MH5.3W p65

4. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, 1965. Minnesota Historical Society Photograph Collection, loc. no. MH5.3W p64

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Photograph Collection
Dates: 1940–1965
Identifer: location (See photo credits, below.)

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Jurors reject Chamberlain wrongful-death claims

Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. and his attorneys react to verdict in the rejection of lawsuit in the death of Chamberlain Sr. against the City of White Plains and former police officer Anthony Carelli. Ricky Flores/lohud

Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. speaks after a jury found for the police Nov. 17 2016 in the wrongful death case of his father, a 69-year-old Marine Corps veteran. (Photo: Ricky Flores /The Journal News)

A federal jury on Thursday rejected a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of an African-American veteran shot by a White Plains cop in his apartment in 2011.

The jury unanimously rejected the claims of battery, assault and excessive force brought by the family of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. against the city and officer Anthony Carelli, who fired the fatal shot.

Judge Cathy Seibel said, "There's no happy ending for anyone in this case. It's a tragedy no matter how you slice it."

"I just hope it brings closure to some people," she added.

Chamberlain's son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., said outside court: "After this decision, 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," he said.

Former White Plains P.O. Anthony Carelli leaves the White Plains Federal Courthouse after wrongful death lawsuit was denied against him and the City of White Plains. Ricky Flores/lohud

Randolph McLaughlin, the Chamberlain family's lawyer, said he planned to file a notice of appeal in the case Friday. The plaintiffs were wrongly barred from introducing some evidence, including testimony that racial slurs were used by an officer during the incident, he argued.

“This case has been a travesty from the day Mr. Chamberlain was shot and killed to today,” McLaughlin said. “From the very first day we were in this courthouse, the judge who we were in front of stripped this case. Every major claim we had was taken away from us so the jury could only consider the narrowest of issues. How a police force can break into a man’s home using sledgehammers and axes and then shoot him in his own home is a travesty beyond words.”

“This is just one step along the way. Don’t be fooled. We’re not done here,” he added. “We intend to take this case to the highest court in the land, and I don’t care if they replace (Anonin) Scalia with a Scalia clone, we will win.”

Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. (Photo: submitted)

The Chamberlain jury had spent roughly a day considering the actions of Carelli, who shot Chamberlain — a 68-year-old Marine Corps veteran and retired correction officer — after police who had responded to an alarm from his medical alert device broke down his apartment door on Nov. 19, 2011.

Chamberlain's family filed the $21 million wrongful death lawsuit after a grand jury voted not to indict any of the officers involved in the incident.

Carelli's lawyer, Andrew Quinn, said Thursday he felt vindicated by the jury’s decision.

Attorney Andrew Quinn talks to the press after a wrongful lawsuit against White Plains and former police officer Anthony Carelli was denied at the White Plains Federal Courthouse. Ricky Flores/lohud

“The narrative that’s been put out into the media and the press that this was a group of racist rogue cops who beat down a man in his own home without justification has always been very misleading,” Quinn said. “This case was about, unfortunately, an individual with psychiatric history who was refusing police orders to open his door.”

Quinn said the police couldn’t walk away after Chamberlain failed to let them into the apartment because he was acting “irrationally” and was a threat to himself and potentially other people in the apartment.

“What they did know at the time that they breached that door was that he was screaming, he was ranting, he was irrational, he was delusional and he was armed,” Quinn said. “They didn’t know if there was a hostage in there, they didn’t know if there was a victim in there, so the concept that they didn’t have a need or requirement to enter that apartment has never been based in reality.”

He said the suggestion the officers knew Chamberlain was alone was “part of the fictional narrative that the Chamberlain family attempted to portray in the media.” He also noted the officer accused of using the racial slurs was fired as a result.

The incident began around 5 a.m. on Nov. 19, 2011, when officers responded to Chamberlain's apartment at 135 S. Lexington Ave. Officers who were at the scene testified that Chamberlain refused to open the door, and threatened them while holding a knife during what turned into an hour-long standoff.

Police eventually broke down the door and shot Chamberlain with a Taser and four non-lethal beanbag rounds from a shotgun. Carelli then fatally shot a knife-wielding Chamberlain as he lunged at Sgt. Keith Martin inside the apartment, according to the officers' testimony.

In presenting his case, McLaughlin had argued that officers had not taken every non-lethal measure they could have during the confrontation, and that Carelli panicked.

"He was nervous," McLaughlin told the jury in his closing argument Wednesday. "He was afraid. I don't believe he's an evil person. Not at all. He made a mistake."

Martin, though, told the jury that Carelli "saved my life" by shooting Chamberlain. If Carelli hadn't shot Chamberlain, Martin testified, "I don't believe I'd be standing here."

During their deliberations, jurors had asked to re-hear testimony from Carelli and another officer at the scene they also listened again to the first nine minutes of an audio recording that was taken by Chamberlain's medical alert device during the incident.

The jury also asked the judge to clarify an element of assault in the charge that reads "imminent apprehension of harmful contact." Seibel told the jurors that means "at the moment before he was shot, Mr. Chamberlain perceived that he was going to be shot."

Damon K. Jones, of the group Blacks in Law Enforcement of America, said Thursday afternoon that he was “shocked” by the verdict. Jones said that the court’s decision not to allow the Chamberlain family to introduce evidence of the racial epithet used against Chamberlain made it difficult for the family to prevail.

“It’s another day of injustice for African American people killed by police officers,” said Jones.

Jones said Chamberlain’s death taught police nothing about dealing with the mentally ill. He pointed to the October death of Deborah Danner, an emotionally disturbed, bat-wielding woman in the Bronx shot by a New York City police sergeant. In that case, New York’s police officials said Sgt. Hugh Barry did not follow his training.

“We hope (the Danner) case will set case law for other victims and they’re able to get justice,” Jones said. “At this point justifiable homicide is the word of the day when it comes to mentally-ill people, not to mention black men.”

He also said he was disturbed the judge did not let in evidence of past lawsuits against some of the officers involved in the Chamberlain case that had accused them of excessive force.

Nada Khader is the executive director of the WESPAC Foundation and a member of Westchester Coalition for Police Reform, formed in the wake of the Chamberlain shooting. She had attended several days of the trial.

“While it is not the outcome the social justice community was hoping for, I can understand (the verdict) given the serious limitations that were put on the jury,” she said Thursday.

“The city of White Plains has a lot of work to do to repair the damage that’s been done to their relationship with the African American community," she added.

White Plains Mayor Thomas Roach, in a statement Thursday, thanked the jury but noted that the Chamberlain family continued to mourn his loss, extending his "sincere condolences" to them.

"We must, all of us, now work toward healing by asking ourselves how we can continue to make positive change going forward. That will be my focus and I hope the focus of everyone in our City,” he said.


The Killing Of Kenneth Chamberlain Coming To A Theater Near You Sept 17

“The Killing of Kenneth Chamberlain” won top awards at the 2019 Austin Film Festival. Now, Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to the movie and will release it in theaters and on demand on Sept. 17.

The movie based on the true story of the events that led to the death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., an elderly African-American with bipolar disorder, who was killed during a conflict with police officers who were dispatched to check on him. It chronicles the summary execution of 68-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.

The Marine veteran, retired from the Westchester County Department of Corrections was killed during a conflict with police in 2011. At 5.22 AM, he accidentally triggered his medical alert pendant. Police arrived shortly after. By 7.00AM, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr was dead. Ten years later, still no charges were filed in the fatal shooting. On June 10th the Westchester DA announced her office will take another look at the cases of Chamberlain and Danroy ‘DJ’ Henry.


Kenneth Chamberlain Dies In Essex Shooting Another Man Critically Injured, Police Say

ESSEX, Md. (WJZ) — One of two men critically injured in a shooting outside an apartment building in Essex Monday has died, the Baltimore County Police Department said Tuesday.

Kenneth Andre Chamberlain, 25, of Baltimore, died at a hospital after being shot outside the Kings Mill Apartments and Townhomes in the 900 block of Ashbridge Drive just before 1:30 p.m. Monday. He suffered at least one gunshot wound to his upper body, police said.

Another 26-year-old man was critically injured after also suffering a gunshot wound to the upper body. Police have not released that man’s name.

The shooter or shooters remain at large, but on Monday police said they don’t believe there is a threat to the general public, instead saying the shooting appears to have been targeted.

“The information that we have at this point is that as those two people left the apartment complex, they were then approached… and someone fired, at least one person fired a gun at them,” Baltimore County Police Department spokesperson Ofc. Jen Peach said.


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