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Chamberlain Family Filing Amendment To Suit On Monday

Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr. (center) will file an amendment to a civil lawsuit against the City of White Plains on Monday.
Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr. (center) will file an amendment to a civil lawsuit against the City of White Plains on Monday. Photo Credit: Greg Maker

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.  Mayo Bartlett, attorney for the family of Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr., said an amendment to a civil lawsuit against the City of White Plains will be filed on Monday, the one-year anniversary of the death of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr.

Bartlett said that the amendment is meant to address more specifics of the case where the elder Chamberlain was shot to death in November 2011 after White Plains Police officers came to his apartment after his Life Alert medal went off. During an hourlong standoff at his apartment, Chamberlain refused to open his door to allow police to verify his condition. Then, police said, he tried to attack officers with a knife and hatchet when they pried the door open.

Bartlett said that the plaintiffs are getting some documents from the city pertaining to the incident and should be deposing witnesses, something that has not happened yet.

Bartlett said that the fundamental question of the case is how someone can wind up dead if their life alert goes off. Bartlett said that the plaintiffs didn't think the case was about race until they heard the audio tapes where he said he heard cursing and racial slurs.

"The police should have know they were dealing with a 68 year-old man with a heart condition and emphysema," Bartlett said. "They should have wished him well and just left."

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