WHITE PLAINS, NY – May 14, 2012 — A dozen or so African-American Law Enforcement members surrounded Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. outside the Westchester County Courthouse in White Plains today. Today’s press conference, organized by Damon K. Jones, the New York Representative, Blacks In Law Enforcement of America, called for County Executive Rob Astorino to form a citizen’s committee to independently review each case where a complaint is made against a police officer. This independent commission would review alleged complaint not only against county police officers but in all 42 police departments throughout the county. Jones declared he was “putting it in the hands of Rob Astorino. If Barack Obama can put himself in Trayvon Martin’s family’s position, where are our elected officials [when it comes to feeling our pain?” Jones also called on County Board of Legislators Chair Ken Jenkins to put on his “grown up pants” and to make a statement concerning this case. While lauding Mr. Jenkins for his role as an African-American lawmaker, it was clear Jones wants a statement from Jenkins concerning the Chamberlain case.
Chamberlain family attorney Randolph McLaughlin did speak to reporters after the fifteen-minute press conference and stated that he did feel hopeful that his letter to Attorney General Holder would result in an independent investigation by The Department of Justice.
Today’s press conference followed a rally organized by the NAACP on Saturday, May 12, 2012, in White Plains. The mantra for those who attended was, “Justice for White Plains.”
Nancy King is a freelance, investigative reporter, a resident of White Plains, New York.