Feb. 15, 2011
A New York grand jury has declined to indict police officers in the shooting death of 20-year-old Danroy Henry.
The Pace University football player from Easton, Massachusetts, was shot by a police officer in Westchester County on October 17, as he drove away from a restaurant in a New York City suburb.
Presented with testimony from 85 witnesses, as well as forensic evidence, the Westchester County district attorney said jurors found no reasonable cause for an indictment in the death of 20-year-old Danroy Henry Jr., of Easton, Mass. District Attorney, Janet DiFiore said in a statement that the grand jury had made "an exhaustive and thorough review of the evidence".
Henry, known to his friends as DJ, died from wounds inflicted by police officers who fired through the windshield of his car as he drove away from a popular eatery and bar in the New York City suburb of Thornwood. Henry’s childhood friend, 20-year-old Brandon Cox, who was sitting in the passenger seat, was wounded when police opened fire.
Harvard Attorney Charles Ogletree, who is representing Cox, said the grand jury’s decision contravenes credible evidence. And he says they will now turn to the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division for injunctive relief.
"We think and we’ve said consistently that there should be some federal intervention to insure a fair legal process. Cops can’t judge themselves by going to their district attorney in their city in Mt. Pleasant and get what we believe is a fair and objective determination," Ogletree said.
Listen: DJ Henry's parents on The Emily Rooney Show
"As the Henry family has said, and the Parks and Cox (families) from the beginning, we want the truth," Ogletree said.
It’s not clear if the federal government will intervene, but officials are well aware of the case. Ogletree also says the racial dimensions of this incident cannot be overlooked. DJ Henry was black. The police officers involved are white.
DJ Henry's father told WGBH he was not surprised by the grand jury’s decision. But, he said, he is disappointed. Meanwhile, the family has announced a multi-million dollar civil lawsuit against the two Westchester Country police departments, which officers were involved in the October 17th shooting.
Listen: DJ Henry's parents, Danroy Henry Sr. and Angela Henry, joined The Emily Rooney Show to discuss their ongoing search for the truth about their son's death.
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