In November 2011 Chamberlain inadvertently triggered his medical alert pendant. As documented in audio recordings (the police did not realize they were being recorded by multiple devices), White Plains police reportedly used a racial slur, burst through Chamberlain’s door, Tasered him, then shot him dead -- all in an effort to see if he was okay due to his medical emergency, which they by then knew was a false alarm because they were told by Chamberlain's daughter and the medical alert company LifeAid.
The alleged shooter, Officer Anthony Carelli, is due in court later this month in an unrelated 2008 police brutality case.
Carelli is accused of being the most brutal of a group of officers who allegedly beat two arrestees of Jordanian descent and called them "rag heads."
Democracy Now speaks to Gus Dimopoulos, attorney for Jerry and Sal Hatter. "We allege that the police officers, while in the custody of the White Plains Police Department back at the station, you know, severely beat Jerry while being restrained by handcuffs. They hit him in the face with a nightstick, they kicked, they punched, they punched him, and then essentially charged him with a crime," Dimopoulos said.
Despite repeated requests from Chamberlain’s family for the name of the officer who killed him, White Plains Public Safety Commissioner David Chong only named Carelli as the shooter this morning, after his name appeared in an article written by Democracy Now's Juan Gonzalez in the New York Daily News.
The White Plains police have refused to say whether Carelli has been disciplined or assigned to desk duty after brutalizing and fatally shooting Chamberlain. The victim's son, Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr., and his two attorneys, Mayo Bartlett and Abdulwali Muhammad, provide an update. Gus Dimopoulos, a lawyer for the 2008 victims, Jereis Hatter and Salameh Hatter, also appears.