Report Finds White Plains Police Killing Justified

Kenneth Chamberlain, 68, was shot and killed at his apartment in November 2011

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    NBC New York

    A study commissioned after White Plains police killed an emotionally disturbed ex-Marine has found that the shooting was "totally justified."

    The finding echoes a grand jury that found no crime had been committed in the 2011 killing of 68-year-old Kenneth Chamberlain.

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    But Randolph McLaughlin, a lawyer for Chamberlain's family, said Wednesday the study was a whitewash. He says it will have no bearing on a $21 million lawsuit against the city and eight officers.

    Police were checking on Chamberlain's health when, they said, he came at them with a knife and hatchet. He was hit with a stun gun, beanbags and finally gunshots.

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    The study, requested by the city, finds the Police Department "extremely professional." But it does make several recommendations, including better training for dealing with emotionally disturbed people.