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Elderly man who accidentally pressed medical alert system killed by officers who came to assist him

By Alexis Bell 8:14 AM January 8, 2018
Kenneth Chamberlain

A family will not get the justice they were looking for their loved one who was killed by police when he accidentally pressed a medical alert system button.

This comes after Federal prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges against a police officer who fatally shot the army veteran who suffered mental illness.

U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said that there was insufficient evidence for the charges against any of the officers involved in the shooting of 68-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain of White Plains, New York.

Chamberlain was home alone when he inadvertently activated the medical alert system, leading to the medical alert company, Life Aid, to send officers for a welfare check to his home.

Chamberlain told the operator of the medical alert company that he did not need help and asked the operator to send the officers away from his home.

Chamberlain, who was armed with a knife, refused to open the door or to speak with officers who were waiting at his home for more than 90 minutes.

Finally, the officers kicked the door down and shot him with a Taser. Officers claimed that when Chamberlain threatened them with the knife, he was fatally shot.

Chamberlain’s family claimed that the shooting was racially motivated.

The U.S. attorney in Manhattan opened an investigation after a state grand jury refused to prosecute the officers. However, they now came to the same conclusion and will not charge the officers.

Kim said the evidence indicated that the officers believed their lives were in danger.

A civil lawsuit filed by Chamberlain’s family was also rejected by a jury.