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Tuesday
Jan112011

Family of College Football Star Shot by Police Intend to File Wrongful Death Suit

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Three months after a college football player in New York was shot and killed by police during an altercation outside a bar, his family said Tuesday they intend to take the first steps towards filing a wrongful death suit against police.

"All we're looking for is the absolute truth," Danroy Henry Jr.'s mother, Angella Henry, told ABC News.

Henry, a 20-year-old student at Pace University, was killed in October as he sat in his car with his friends after a night out celebrating a homecoming game in suburban Thornwood, N.Y.

There are differing accounts of what happened. Police say they were responding to an unruly crowd outside a bar, and when officers approached Henry's car parked in a fire lane and knocked on the window, the college student tried to speed away and struck an officer. Police say a second officer, Aaron Hess of the Mount Pleasant police department which responded to the disturbance, was thrown onto the hood of Henry's car. Police say Hess then fired in self-defense.

Several eyewitnesses say the police overreacted and that Henry was trying to move his car out of the fire lane when the police opened fire.

"The path of the bullet shows that as D.J. tried to move and get out of the vehicle, the officer shot directly at him," said Michael Sussman, an attorney for the Henry family, who disputes the police account of the incident.

Sussman said the Henrys would like to see murder charges filed.

A grand jury has been convened to hear evidence in the case. The family has not been allowed to attend the grand jury proceedings, which is standard procedure. But Danroy Henry Sr. said he has been asked to testify.

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Friday
Oct222010

US Senator Calls for Investigation After College Football Star's Death

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(NEW YORK) -- The family of a New York college football player who was shot by police then left to die without medical attention has an attorney and a U.S. senator helping to find out what precipitated the young man's death.

"While we know there are lots of versions, lots of stories that have come out, we're just trying to get to the absolute truth here," Danroy Henry, Sr. told ABC News Friday.  "We owe it to our son," he said.  "We owe it to his legacy."

Danroy Henry, Jr., a 20-year-old student at Pace University, was killed last weekend as he sat in his car with his friends after a night out in suburban Mount Pleasant celebrating a homecoming game.  But there are differing accounts of what happened and a cell phone video showing the chaos failed to capture what triggered the shooting.

Police say they were responding to an unruly crowd outside a bar, and when officers approached Henry's car, parked in a fire lane, and knocked on the window, the college student tried to speed away and struck an officer.  Police say an officer was thrown onto the hood of Henry's car and then opened fire.

But Henry's teammates, who were in the car with him, said they thought police were simply asking them to move out of the fire lane when the officer tapped on the window, and then as soon as Henry began to move the car, police began shooting.

Henry was then taken out of the car and cuffed.  He was left on the ground while paramedics treated officers for minor, non-life threatening injuries, according to some accounts.

A lawyer for three of Henry's teammates said they were all handcuffed and arrested after begging for help and trying to give Henry CPR.  One was allegedly hit with a Taser as he tried to help his dying friend.

U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, whose district includes the Henrys' hometown of North Easton, Massachusetts, has called for a thorough investigation.

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