Am talking about a 'must sign' petition I heard mentioned on Democracy Now.org today, March 29, 2012 which I searched for and found at SignOn.org Beta. So I signed it without hesitation. Have you heard about what happened???
"Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr., a 68 year-old African-American Marine veteran, was fatally shot in November by White Plains, NY, police who responded to a false alarm from his medical alert pendant. The officers hurled racial slurs at Chamberlain, broke down his door, tasered him, and then shot him dead."
(above blurb with video at Democracy Now!. Here's a double bill of videos to tell you all about it.
Black Veteran Kenneth Chamberlain Shot Dead by NY Police(part 1)
Thanks to Democracy Now.org at YouTube for 'fair use' of both videos.
Black Veteran Kenneth Chamberlain Shot Dead by NY Police(part 2)
Just when you thought you heard it all, along comes the horrific tale Of Kenneth Chamberlain's demise at the hands of police. So it is my will that you sign the petition. Here's what I was asked to do with at the Signon site after I signed it myself; present it to you in this way...
Subject: Justice for Kenneth Chamberlain Sr.
I signed a petition to Janet DiFiore, District Attorney which says:
"This petition is regarding the upcoming Grand Jury hearing in the case of Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. an unarmed elderly black citizen who was shot to death by the White Plains Police Dept.
This case not only brings into question the policies and practices of this department; but it is an open question whether it was inevitable, particularly in light of the audio tapes and video tapes witnessed by Mr. Chamberlain’s family members and attorneys where racial slurs and expletives were used before ultimately shooting him twice in the chest and killing him.
It is imperative that those tapes be made available to the Grand Jury, and that all other evidence be presented as well. I am concerned that secrecy so far – for example, the names of officers involved have not been released – bodes badly for transparency in this case as it moves forward. Nor am I aware of any public statements about the case from elected officials calling for openness.
Members of Mr. Chamberlain’s family and community – and a much wider circle of people who need to know there is fairness in the criminal justice system – seek reassurance that, no matter what the verdict, the process has been open, honest and just.
We, the undersigned, implore Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore to no longer allow police misconduct, brutality, or criminality to happen in this community and ask that these officers be indicted and charged with murder and civil rights violations."
Will you sign this petition? Click here:
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