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REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: What happened to Kenneth Chamberlain? Soledad looks at story of unarmed black vet shot by police
April 13th, 2012
08:05 AM ET

REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: What happened to Kenneth Chamberlain? Soledad looks at story of unarmed black vet shot by police

Editor's note: Soledad will talk with Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. this morning live on "Starting Point" at 8:30amET. The original package on the story aired on AC360°.

The call for help was not unusual. A 68-year-old veteran with a heart condition had tripped a medical alert device he keeps around his neck in the early hours of a winter morning. The company that services the device informed a 911 operator the device had been triggered and asked for an ambulance to go to the address.

But police arrived at Kenneth Chamberlain's apartment first. And hours later Chamberlain was dead, not from his heart condition, but from two bullets fired by White Plains, NY police officer Anthony Carelli.

Now Kenneth Chamberlain’s family has joined civil rights activists alleging this case raises similar questions to that of Trayvon Martin who was shot dead by a neighborhood watch volunteer: Do police or civilians trying to enforce the law shoot first and ask questions later when they are dealing with African Americans?

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  1. Doug Newman

    Soledad O'Brien and Anderson Cooper really need to follow this story, and keep it in the news until justice is done. How dare the Westchester County District Attorney’s office present evidence to the Grand Jury that did not bring back indictments for all the White Plains Police officers who were on that scene, is absolutely a disgrace to the Constitution of the United States. I hope the U.S. Department of Justice will pursue this case, and see that justice is brought into the light of day. This is as bad, if not worse, than how the New Orleans Police Department acted during Hurricane Katrina. I think worse because this didn't happen in the middle of a horrific natural disaster. I am white, I am middle aged, I am middle class, and I am OUTRAGED! Believe me when I tell you, this is not a Black thing, this is an American Democracy thing. We are facing abuses of power congruent to the Jim Crow South, this time only worse because it is being projected from the highest levels of the Federal Government down to the local level. I don't understand why the "Leaders of our Democracy" are not outraged on our collective behalf. These issues would not have stood in a pre-W Bush and pre-911 American era. But the populous has been so frightened by our "Leaders" and our "Media", that law enforcement has been given carte blanch. Where is OUR mass media to drive these issues home? We as consumers must demand more from our Government and our Media.

    May 16, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. John L Brown

    That is only one of the problems going on while being Black. Ever since we have a black president things have gotten worse for Blacks. I know it may not seem that way but if's true. It not because he is not doing anything for the poor people but I think the haters are trying to send a message but it want work.

    April 13, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse | Reply

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