White Plains – Kenneth Chamberlain Jr. and several other White Plains community advocates stood in solidarity Friday morning in front of White Plains City Hall to support of the Common Council Member and Democratic Mayoral Candidate, Milagros Lecuona. The grassroots activists are also supporting Common Council candidates Alan Goldman, Michael Kraver, and Saad Siddiqui. The Democratic primary is Tuesday, September 12.
“For too long the social infrastructure of our community has not only been broken but has been left in disrepair. Given the current climate of this country we need leadership that connects ALL communities and that begins at a local level,” said Kenneth Chamberlain Jr.
“I have been involved in community development and urban planning throughout my life and I know this is one of the most important bridges I can build. We can and must address the community policing concerns in our city. Both community members and police officers need to feel safe, trusted, and supported. I hear their valid concerns and gratefully accept their support,” said Lecuona tells BW. “Growing up in White Plains, I had friends from a variety of backgrounds. Through multiple experiences, I came to understand that the world did not treat us the same way. By the time I went off to college, I understood that I benefited from privileges I had not earned and did not deserve, simply because of who my parents were. That perspective I obtained by growing up in White Plains informs my positions on all public policy questions. I am proud to have that recognized by Mr. Chamberlain.”
Chamberlain Jr. is the son of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. who was fatally shot on November 19, 2011 in his home in White Plains. Chamberlain Sr.’s LifeAid medical alert necklace was inadvertently triggered, police responded, and demanded he open his front door. Despite his objections and several statements that he did not need help, the police broke down Chamberlain’s door, tasered him, and then shot him dead.
Since the death of his father, Chamberlain Jr. has led the call for better police training, policies and police community relationships. However, Mayor Roach and his administration have not responded.
WHAT: Chamberlain, Jr. endorsement of Democrat Lecuona and her slate
WHERE: White Plains City Hall, 225 Main Street, White Plains, New York.
WHEN: Friday, September 8, 2017, 11 AM
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