The Justice Department has closed its investigation into the police shooting of a 79-year-old former Marine in Westchester County, records show.
Prosecutors concluded that the White Plains officers involved in the 2011 encounter that led to the death of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. did not violate his civil rights.
Officer Anthony Carelli, 35, shot and killed Chamberlain after someone reported he was in distress and cops forced their way into his home on Nov. 19, 2011.
“The weight of the evidence indicates that the police officers believed that Chamberlain was threatening Sgt. (Keith) Martin with a knife and that Officer Carelli believed Martin was in danger,” Joon Kim, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District, said.
Randolph McLaughlin, a lawyer who represented Chamberlain’s family in an unsuccessful $21 million lawsuit, said he was disappointed but not surprised.
“This Justice Department has turned the law on its head. Under Obama, it was a friend to people involved in civil rights. Now, the opposite is clearly the case,” McLaughlin said.
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