Federal prosecutors have determined to not carry prison costs in opposition to a white police officer who fatally shot a mentally in poor health black man who had by chance set off his emergency medical alert machine.
Acting U.S. Attorney Joon Kim stated in an announcement Thursday that he’d discovered inadequate proof for costs in opposition to any of the officers concerned within the 2011 shooting of Kenneth Chamberlain in White Plains, simply north of New York City.
Chamberlain, 68, was dwelling alone when he inadvertently triggered a medical alert on a console in his condo. He instructed officers who responded to the decision that he was effective and refused to open his door. He additionally tried to get the dispatcher on the medical alert firm, Life Aid, to name off the police.
“I have the White Plains Police Department banging on my door, and I did not call them and I am not sick,” he stated.
But the responding officers refused to depart. During a standoff that lasted greater than 90 minutes, officers taunted Chamberlain with racial slurs. Chamberlain, a former Marine and correction officer, armed himself with a knife.
Finally, officers kicked within the door, zapped Chamberlain with a stun gun, shot him with beanbag ammunition after which killed him with a pistol shot.
Chamberlain’s household stated the shooting was racially motivated.
The U.S. lawyer in Manhattan opened an investigation after a state grand jury declined to indict the officers. Kim stated the proof indicated the officers believed that Chamberlain was threatening them with the knife.
A civil lawsuit filed by Chamberlain’s household was rejected by a jury in 2016.