The 20-year-old college student and football star was parked and sitting behind the wheel of his vehicle in the parking lot of a bar at the Thornwood Shopping Center in New York, when a disturbance spilled out on to the streets. Henry, whose vehicle was parked in a fire zone, suddenly drove off when police approached his car and tapped on the glass.
Officers argued that the young man, who was not intoxicated according to his parents because they had the contents of his stomach analyzed, sped off when they approached the car, but Henry's family contends that he drove away at a parking lot speed believing that he was being instructed to move his vehicle.
In either case, Henry's car struck Mount Pleasant police officer Aaron Hess, who ricocheted onto the hood of the vehicle. Hess, who claims he feared for his life, fired shots into the car, killing Henry.
Henry's parents, Danroy Henry Sr. and wife Angela, were hopeful that Hess would receive a murder charge. Now that the grand jury has made its decision, though, Henry's parents plan to pursue the case:
"We will not stop until Mr. Hess is held accountable for the killing of our beloved D.J.," Henry Sr. said.
Henry Sr. also alleges that evidence was "withheld or mishandled" during the grand jury proceedings. He repeated his call for a federal investigation and said, "There are no words to express our disappointment."
Another officer, Ronald Beckley, of the Mount Pleasant force also shot at the car but apparently only hit the hood.
Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Justice said it would monitor the case by reviewing the evidence to determine whether there were any civil rights crimes, New York U.S. Attorney's office spokeswoman Ellen Davis said Monday night.
Following the melee that occurred after the shooting, which was widely seen from amateur video, four of Henry's classmates were arrested on various charges including obstruction. Those charges are still pending.
The Henrys are also planning a $120 million lawsuit against Pleasantville and Mount Pleasant. Henry Sr. said Monday that the grand jury's finding was "not designed to tell the truth but rather to minimize the civil and criminal liability of agencies involved."
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