Rihanna and Jay-Z urge DoJ to re-open the case of an unarmed black student fatally shot by a police officer
Rihanna and Jay-Z have joined a series of A-listers calling on the Attorney General to investigate the deadly shooting of an unarmed black student.
20-year-old Danroy ‘DJ’ Henry was shot through the windshield of his car after Westchester police attended reports of violent crimes at Finnegan’s Grill, an Irish pub popular with Pace University students, in October 2010.
In 2015, prosecutors reviewed the case and found that the Pace footballer’s shooting did not show that a law enforcement official had intentionally and specifically broken the law.
But in a letter sent Monday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr was urged to reopen the case by Robyn ‘Rihanna’ Fenty, Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter, Pharrell Williams, Charlize Theron, Taraji Henson, Odell Beckham Jr., Michael Williams, Kerry Washington, Mary J. Blige and Gabrielle Union.
In a letter sent Monday, U.S. Attorney General William Barr was urged to reopen the case by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty, Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Pharrell Williams, Charlize Theron, Taraji Henson, Odell Beckham Jr. , Michael Williams, Kerry Washington, Mary J. Blige and Gabrielle Union
“This agonizing case remains an unhealed wound for the Henry family and the people of New York,” said the celebs. “DJ, a young black youth with a bright future ahead, was murdered in his own car for no apparent reason.”
The letter continues, “The facts of the case stink of local conflict of interest, racial bias and even false testimonies.
But like so many other unarmed and innocent young, black men who are guilty of the wrong time, DJ also lost his life for no good reason and with absolutely no explanation – to this day. Justice seems to have been denied. ‘
Henry’s father, Danroy Sr., said he appreciated the support and “they are willing to support us on this really important issue.”
A photo of college footballer Danroy Henry Jr., is seen in the window of a radio station in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston in April 2011
Aaron Hess, the Pleasantville officer who shot the Easton, Massachusetts resident, was approved by a grand jury in 2011.
Henry was shot in his car as he drove through a parking lot away from a glitch that came out of a bar on Homecoming Day.
Prosecutors in 2015, after an evaluation, said the officer called for Henry to stop and then get in front of Henry’s car.
They said there were inconsistencies in witness reports, but it seemed that Henry’s car braked when he hit the officer, who ended up on the roof of the car.
The officer then shot through the windshield of the car, injuring one passenger and killing Henry, the government said.
Prosecutors mentioned several factors that weighed up against criminal charges.
They said the altercation lasted for seconds, with no prior interaction between the officer and Henry, and that the car hit the officer and injured him before the officer fired his weapon when he “ made a split decision under conditions of extreme danger, conditions including the law generally gives the freedom of judgment of a police officer. ‘
While portions of isolated testimony from certain witnesses on the ground may suggest that the Pleasantville officer was acting with malicious intent, there is not enough consistent, credible testimony to prove beyond reasonable doubt that the officer acted with the required willfulness to rob Mr. Henry about his constitutional rights, “prosecutors said.
Finally, while it is not necessary to demonstrate that racial animus bring about a denial of rights under the color of the law, evidence indicated that due to the darkness, the brilliance of the headlights and street lamps, and the condensation, the Pleasantville officer on the windows they probably couldn’t have seen who the driver was or the driver’s race, ‘she added.
But the Henry family lawyer said in civil court that Henry was driving slowly and that Agent Hess had jumped to the car before firing through the window.
The civil lawsuit further alleged that Henry had been pulled out of his car, handcuffed and left to bleed to death on the ground.
Henry’s parents settled at Mount Pleasant for a $ 250,000 contribution to a charity founded in honor of their son, a public apology.
The parents also received $ 6 million in a separate federal suit.
Henry Sr. told it New York Post“Now there is only one after … There was life before and now there is life after. They are two completely different forms of existence and that is now our reality. ‘