The parents of Danroy “DJ” Henry are not feeling the idea of Pleasantville Police officers getting away for killing their son in October.
The shooting of Pace University football player DJ Henry has set off a great deal of controversy in the town of Pleasantville, New York, where Henry was shot outside a nightclub. According to police, Henry drove his car toward one of the officers, who claims that he had to fire on the athlete in order to save his own life. Accounts of what happened that night are varying, and DJ’s family has filed a $120 million lawsuit against the Pleasantville Police Department over the incident. Attorney Charles Oglegree from Harvard University is representing the family of Brandon Cox, a friend of Henry’s who was also shot that night.
The incident began on the night of October 17, when police were called to investigate a disturbance outside a bar in the suburb of Thornwood, which is located right near the Pace University campus.
Officer Aaron Hess and some of the witnesses on the scene say that Hess shot at Henry’s windshield because he was struck by the car as Henry drove away from the scene. But other witnesses are saying that Hess’ use of force was unjustified and the family is seeking a murder indictment against him. Hess’ lawyer claims that his client was thrown on the hood of the car by the impact and had no choice but to shoot. It has also been reported that the 20-year old Henry had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit for driving.
There are others on the scene who argue that Hess did not have to shoot Henry. Also, Attorney Charles Ogletree and others are seeking an independent investigation into the matter. They claim that Henry was following police instructions when he pulled away from the scene and that Hess did not tell him to stop the car.
We hope this helps the parents find peace in their son’s senseless death.