It’s a damn shame that these boys had to go to trial in the first place!
VALHALLA, N.Y. — As soon as the charges against them were dropped Thursday, a group of college football players switched from defense to offense, saying they plan to sue the police who arrested them after a teammate was killed by an officer.
Their lawyer, Bonita Zelman, said they would seek at least $1 million for “brutality, false arrest, malicious prosecution and violations of their civil, constitutional and human rights.”
The four Pace University players were arrested Oct. 17 in the chaos that followed the shooting of Danroy Henry, 20, of Easton, Mass. Henry was driving away from a disturbance outside a bar in Thornwood, N.Y., when his car struck an officer, who shot through the windshield and killed him.
Each of the teammates was charged with criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest or obstruction. They claimed they were trying to help Henry as he lay dying.
Henry’s killing resulted in an investigation into the officer’s actions, but last month a grand jury declined to indict him. The Justice Department said it would review the case for possible civil rights violations. Henry was black; the police officers involved were white.
Two weeks ago, prosecutors moved to dismiss the charges against the teammates, saying the defendants had no legal excuse but caused no injuries and were reacting to “the sudden, unexpected shooting of their friend.”
In court, Mount Pleasant Town Justice Robert Ponzini approved the dismissals and told the defendants, “You leave here as the day you came in, without a criminal record.” Two dozen supporters applauded in the gallery.
We’re glad “your honor” had enough sense to let these young men enjoy their post college lives free of criminal records. And to the cop that shot Danroy Henry, go to hell, go directly to hell, do not see Jesus, do NOT collect your pension fund!!
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