Students Face Charges After DJ Henry Shooting

By Phillip Martin

Dec. 16, 2010

BOSTON — Four Pace University students are due in court Thursday to faces charges they incurred during the same incident that led to the shooting death of Danroy "DJ" Henry earlier this fall.
Danroy "DJ" Henry. (Courtesy)

The students were teammates of Henry, an Easton native. Their defense attorneys say they were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and other misdemeanors moments after coming to the aid of Henry, who had been shot by veteran officer Aaron Hess. 

 Hess and other officers were responding to reports of a disturbance at a bar in Thornwood, N.Y., following a football game earlier that day. The police version of events was that after a policeman knocked on his car window, Henry sped away and hit two officers in the parking lot.  Hess killed Henry by firing through the windshield of his car.

But several eyewitnesses have disputed the police interpretation of what happened.  

Henry’s teammates say the 20-year-old student was lying on the streets, bleeding, but when they rushed toward him they were handcuffed by police and charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction.

In a new development, police have charged one of the students, Yves Delpeche, with interference after he allegedly stood in front of an officer and dared police to shoot him too. Delpeche’s attorney, Bonita Zelman, described the complaints as an attempt by the Westchester County police to cover up police brutality.  

The controversial shooting has focused national attention on race and police relations in the town of Thornwood, N.Y. and in Westchester County itself.   Danroy Henry Jr. was black.  Officer Aaron Hess in white.

A grand jury has been convened to look into the shooting and The U.S. Justice Department is monitoring the case. 

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