NEW YORK CITY–April 2nd, 2015–A people’s tribunal was held at the National Black Theater on 5th avenue and 125th street.The speaker’s there gave testimony to violence inflicted on them by police in their neighborhoods.
Kenneth Chamberlain JR. spoke about his father’s, Kenneth Chamberlain SR, death in White Plains, NY on November 19th, 2011. Police responding to a medical alert necklace forcibly entered his home. When they said that they did not need help, the officer replied, “I don’t care nigger. Open the door.” They then shot him bean bag rounds, and finally live rounds. He described seeing his father’s corpse and asking why this happened, in which the police officer replied, “We don’t have to tell you anything.” The police later said that the use of the word ‘nigger’ was a tactic. No criminal charges were ever filled. Chamberlain SR was a 68 year old marine corp veteran.
Later on, members of the audience recounted their own tales of police brutality.