It seems as though, everytime we turn on the news, there’s an unfortunate case involving police officers brutally attacking and killing Black men, and not being charged with murder or police brutality for their actions.
20 years, since the officers were acquitted in the Rodney King case, things seemed to be the same, with respect to police brutality, and officers being exempt from criminal charges; when violating a Black man.
In the case involving 68-year-old retired marine Kenneth Chamberlain, he was shot and killed by police officers at this apartment in White Plains, New York, last November. Police authorities were called to Mr. Chamberlain’s home, after he accidentally pressed his life alert; which he was said to have, due to his heart condition.
Video footage of White Plains police officers, shows the officers antagonizing Mr. Chamberlain, after he told them that he accidentally triggered the life alert, and was alright. Police officers didn’t seem to care what Mr. Chamberlain said, because they continued to antagonize him, using racial slurs, and mocking him for over an hour; before entering his home and shooting him. According to White Plains police officers, they acted in self-defense.
The officers involved in the case faced the grand jury this week, and were not charged in the shooting death of Kenneth Chamberlain. The two officers involved are now facing civil suits, filed by Chamberlain’s family.
Cases like these are extremely disturbing, it shows the continued lack of respect that law enforcement exhibits towards Black people in America. This sends a constant message that law enforcement can act as they wish towards Black people, because they will not face any criminal charges or misconduct, for their actions.
Once again, we believe federal legislation, needs to be implemented, that makes law enforcement accountable for their racially motivated actions. How many more people need to die at the hands of law enforcement, before something is done to address these issues?
We urge everyone to make sure your local, state, and federal politicians, make stopping police brutality apart of their agenda. If those, representatives do nothing to address the ongoing issues with racially profiling and police brutality, demand that the politician be removed from office, and put someone in, who will stand for justice!
Watch the disturbing video of officers antagonizing Kenneth Chamberlain: