A Westchester County grand jury cleared the White Plains police officer who shot and killed a 68-year-old retired Marine inside his apartment, officials announced Thursday.
White Plains police officer Anthony Carelli will not face charges for the shooting in which racial slurs were directed at Kenneth Chamberlain before he was murdered.
The family of the African American Chamberlain slammed the decision by Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore calling it a "blatant cover up." They are now requesting an investigation from the Justice Department. DiFiore called the killing a "tragedy" but not a "crime."
“After due deliberation on the evidence presented in this matter, the grand jury found that there was no reasonable cause to vote an indictment,” she said.
In regards to the racial slur, DiFiore explained that she was told by an officer it was said in an effort to "distract" him.
“The use of (racial epithets) by anyone, let alone a public servant who is sworn to uphold the public good, is intolerable,” she said. “I have been assured by the White Plains Police Department that they will be reviewing this behavior,” DiFiore said.
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She said she was ordering “a top to bottom review on the use of force against emotionally disturbed people.”
Chamberlain was shot and killed Nov. 19 in his own apartment by cops who initially responded to a mistaken medical alert and then ignored his repeated drunken shouts to go away and leave him alone.
After an hour-long standoff, they slammed the door in and shot Chamberlain with a Taser and a beanbag gun before Carelli put a bullet in his chest.
Cops said Chamberlain was coming at them with a knife and a hatchet.