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White Plains Rally Puts Focus on Chamberlain, Trayvon Martin Investigations

Group gathers at County Courthouse.

A group gathered in front of the Westchester County Courthouse at around noon today to rally for justice in two cases that have gained national attention—the police shooting death of in White Plains and the shooting death of a teen by a neighborhood watch volunteer in February.

The peaceful group hoped to bring attention to the ongoing investigations in both controversial cases.

Chamberlain, 68, died on Nov. 19 after police went to his South Lexington Avenue apartment to see if there was a medical emergency. A standoff between Chamberlain and police ensued, with White Plains officers breaking down the door to the apartment and at first using non-lethal weapons on Chamberlain.

Chamberlain was shot by a city officer, police said, when Chamberlain was about to stab one of the officers. Police contend Chamberlain was armed with a hatchet and a knife.

Chamberlain's family is disputing the police accounts in the death.

In Floriday, , 17, was killed on Feb. 26 in a confrontation with George Zimmerman, a neigborhood watch volunteer. He has admitted fatally shooting the unarmed teen and the incident has become the focus of national and international attention.

A Florida special prosecutor, Angela Corey, is investigating the shooting and announced on Monday she would not put the case before a grand jury, saying she would determine whether Zimmerman will be charged in the incident.

Zimmerman says the shooting was in self-defense in the gated community of Sanford, Fla. Martin was black; Zimmerman's mother is Hispanic and his father is white.

Shar April 10, 2012 at 07:40 PM
Do we know the complete details yet OR do we just know what Al not so Sharp wants us to believe? Shouldn't we wait until the investigation results before we declare a person guilty? Al not so Sharp sure does like to hog the cameras. There are other killings, that have been commented since that time, might need Al and Jesse's attention.
Johan April 10, 2012 at 11:49 PM
These people should get jobs. Standing around in te middle of the day. Bums
Jim April 11, 2012 at 01:59 AM
These people have a definite right to act on their beliefs. However, it is very important, rather it is crucial, that they/we don't rush to conclusions about who is at fault in either of these cases. What is very important is that each one of us, no matter what our skin color, is that we practice the love and understanding that we want to see in our world. Pray for and be the love you want to see in our world.

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