(CNN)– A New York grand jury has declined to indict a white police officer who shot and killed an ailing 68-year-old black veteran in his own apartment, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office said Thursday.
The shooting occurred in November after police responded to a call that Kenneth Chamberlain, who suffered from respiratory and heart problems, had set off his medical alert device, indicating he needed help. The encounter was recorded by audio and video devices which police released to the public yesterday to counter charges they had engaged in excessive force and racial profiling.
District Attorney Janet DiFiore called the shooting “a tragedy on many levels” but said the grand jury had not chosen to indict after hearing from 42 witnesses, including Police Officer Anthony Carelli, who fired the fatal shots.
Today on Starting Point, Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr. explains that he is “not surprised” about the court’s decision, because Westchester County has “a history of questionable police shootings that have all been cleared.”
Chamberlain Jr. is joined by his attorney Randolph McLaughlin, who calls the killing “a tragedy caused by the White Plains police department and their lack of professionalism.”