Disturbing Abuse Allegations Against Cop Involved In Shooting of 68 Year Old Marine Veteran
(PIX11) The White Plains Police Department is under fire after officers shot and killed an elderly ex-marine in November, and new details are emerging about one officer with a history of complaints. The officers are also accused of covering up the shooting with a police report that described the frail 68-year-old as armed and deranged, and that “deadly force (was) warranted”.
In fact, the only reason that police were called to the residence was that the man, Kenneth Chamberlain, was using a Life Aid device that had automatically called them.
When they arrived, Chamberlain reportedly told them what happened and refused to open the door, saying he was ‘Ok’. This prompted at least one officer to allegedly curse and hurl epithets before officers broke down the door and fatally shot Chamberlain. What happened is still under investigation but one of the responding officers has been identified and linked to another ugly case of alleged abuse, and Chamberlain’s son is now seeking justice.
Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr. is a man who measures his words, and speaks in a controlled way even when discussing his father’s death, “I’m sad. I want to cry one minute, but them I’m angry because these are people who are supposed to help him but instead they end up killing him.”
This is how Chamberlain, Jr. reacts to the news that Anthony Carelli is the officer who shot and killed his unarmed father in his home. The same officer faces a federal trial starting on April 23 for using excessive force in arresting two brothers and using racial epithets.
Chamberlain’s lawyer, for Westchester County Prosecutor Mayo Bartlett got straight to the point. “He should have been on modified duty because of this federal lawsuit, which includes brutality.”
Chamberlain’s attorneys had demanded for months that the White Plains police identify Carelli after he killed the 68-year-old Marine last November. But they were denied for more than 4 months.
“That’s something they should have done on their own. Unfortunately, that came on great investigative work by media,” said Bartlett.
It was leaked to the media and White Plains PD confirmed the shooter is 29-year-old officer Anthony Carelli, who lives in Harrison with his parents. Carelli is also one of ten defendants named in a civil rights lawsuit for excessive force used during the arrest and beating of the Hattar brothers, 27-year-old twins.
The suit alleges Carelli, “kicked, struck, beat” them while handcuffed, and used racial epithets — calling them “rag heads.”
The Hattar brothers’ attorney Gus Dimopoulis said, “Officer Carelli used excessive force on my clients and violated their civil rights.”
This comes as the Westchester DA is preparing to bring charges before a Grand Jury for Carelli’s role in shooting and killing Chamberlain, Sr. after audio and videotapes of the killing were reviewed.
It pained Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr. to recount what he heard in the DA’s office. “You hear an expletive. ‘I don’t give a f***,’ said one officer. Then he uses the N-word and tells him to open the door.”
Attorney Bartlett was also disturbed by the video that was captured off the video camera mounted on the Taser police used first on Chamberlain, “I see them opening the door, a 68-year-old man with a heart condition in his house. His arms at his side. He is standing without a shirt on in his boxer shorts.”
An officer can be heard saying “turn it off.” And that’s when Carelli fired the two fatal shots at Kenneth Chamberlain, ending his life. Carelli will be facing a grand jury and a federal judge within weeks.