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The new movie The murder of Kenneth Chamberlain tells the true story of 66 years Kenneth chamberlain, an Army veteran who was shot dead in his apartment by police in White Plains, New York, ten years ago.

Chamberlain’s family say the shooting was unwarranted, and his son, Kenneth Chamberlain Jr., told ABC Audio that the tragedy began with a phone call from his father’s neighbor, urging him to “get to White Plains right away.”

“I asked why and he said, the police are knocking on your father’s door,” he continues. “As soon as I asked them what was going on, he just screamed, ‘Oh my God. “”

Holding back tears, Kenneth Jr. goes on to say, “When I asked him what happened… he said, ‘I think the police just shot your father.’ And here I am, almost a decade later, still fighting for some sort of responsibility for his murder. “

Executive producer Morgan freeman says the film is another reminder of the sometimes callous and cruel treatment of people of color, which has been exhibited in the most recent cases of George floyd, breonna taylor and others.

“This stuff isn’t usually sensational, let’s put it that way. This old black man was shot dead by the police – No why, no how, ”he said.

Noting that the police are “the first responders … not the emergency doctors,” Freeman argues that the police should never have been involved in the first place.

“It was inadvertent, but a call from her life-threatening part, not someone saying someone is breaking into my house,” he explains. “And he called back and said it was a mistake, I don’t need anybody. And they called the police and said it’s okay, quit.

The murder of Kenneth Chamberlain is now playing in select theaters.

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