WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – There is still time to buy tickets for the first We Stand in Solidarity Dinner on Dec. 1 at the Knights of Columbus in White Plains to honor the life of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr .
“The purpose of this dinner is to bring awareness to police misconduct, brutality and criminality as well as the need for oversight regarding this disease,” Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. said in a statement.”
Chamberlain, 68, was shot by White Plains Officer Anthony Carelli after police responded to a medical alert from Life Aid that Chamberlain accidentally triggered in the early morning of Nov. 19. During an hour-long standoff at his apartment, Chamberlain refused to open his door to allow police to verify his condition.
Chamberlain family lawyers have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of White Plains, its police department and housing authority, and are pursuing criminal charges against the officers involved through the U.S. attorney's office.
“We will also be honoring the memory and lives lost at the hands of individuals who swore an oath to serve and protect – but this should, in no way, be viewed as a police bashing dinner or conference.”
Speakers for the dinner include:
- New York State Senator Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn)
- Nicole Paultre Bell, fiancée of Sean Bell , who was shot and killed by NYPD officers outside a Queens night club on the morning before his weeding
- Mr. and Mrs. Franclot and Constance Graham, mother and father of Ramarley Graham, an unarmed man shot and killed by police in his Bronx home
- Mr. and Mrs. Dan and Angella Henry, mother and father of DJ Henry
- Damon Jones, Westchester representative of Blacks in Law Enforcement of America
- The Rev. Jeffery Wheeler, Mount Calvary CME, “The Promise Church”
- The Rev. Odinga Lawrence Maddox, Mount Hope AME Zion Church / Ministers Fellowship Council / Martin Luther King Jr. Institute for Non-violence
- The Rev. Abdul Hafeez Muhammad, Muhammad Mosque No.7
- Stanley Ridley, father of Mount Vernon police detective Christopher Ridley
- Michael Sussmen, attorney at law
- Randolph McLaughlin, Chamberlain family lawyer
- Mayo Bartlett, Chamberlain family lawyer
- Julie Davis Carran, Network for Police Accountability and the Westchester Martin Luther King Jr. Institute for Nonviolence
- ACLU representative to be announced
- NAACP representative to be announced
The Knights of Columbus is on 139 N. Broadway.