WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A community vigil is planned Saturday at 5 p.m. at the White Plains Public Safety Building, 77 S. Lexington Ave., to support the family and to commemorate the life of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.,
On Thursday a jury rejected his family's $21 million wrongful-death lawsuit in the shooting death of Chamberlain by a White Plians police officer in November 2011, the Associated Press reported.
The suit alleged that Chamberlain, 68, who was mentally ill had "accidentally set off his medical alert device and then was fatally shot by a white police officer," according to the AP.
After a day of deliberations, the jurors rejected the case brought against Police Officer Anthony Carelli and the City of White Plains, the AP said.
Chamberlain's family insisted the shooting was racially motivated, according to the report.
Chamberlain's son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. told the AP, "it's very clear that the judge gave the city of White Plains the license to kill with impunity" and said his father was victimized by police of "systematic racism," the AP reported.
"We will keep fighting, and I believe justice will be served," said Chamberlain Jr., who had earlier called his father a victim of "systematic racism" by law enforcement, said the AP.
An appeal is planned by the family's attorney, according to the AP.