Justice for Danroy 'DJ' Henry
  • Petitioned Eric Holder

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United States Attorney General
Eric Holder
Attorney General, State of New York
Eric Schneiderman
New York Governor

Justice for Danroy 'DJ' Henry

    1. Elizabeth Renter
    2. Petition by

      Elizabeth Renter

      Clayton, NC

Pace University student Danroy “DJ” Henry lost a football game on the afternoon of October 16th. But before he would make it home that night, he would lose something far greater—his life. In the early morning hours of October 17, DJ would be shot and killed by a Westchester County, N.Y. police officer. His good friend would be shot too, and sent to the hospital to recover. According to friends and family, DJ was a young man with a “heart of gold”, someone bound for success. His memorial service would fill the ballroom at the Boston Convention Center and be held on what would have been his 21st birthday.

By all accounts, DJ had a half of a mixed drink that night, around 9pm. He stayed out late with friends but was the “designated driver”. He spent some time dancing with an ex-girlfriend and visiting a few parties on campus. Around 1:30 am he was in his car with his best friend and high school classmate, Brandon Cox. They were parked in the firelane at Finnegan’s Grill waiting for a few friends to come out. It was then that an officer rapped on DJ’s window. DJ began to drive off. In the following seconds, a cop would end up on the hood of DJ’s car and several shots would be fired directly through the windshield—hitting DJ three times and Brandon once.

DJ was hit twice in the chest and once in the shoulder. Immediately following the shooting, he would be pulled from the car and laid out on the concrete. He would be cuffed as he lie, bleeding to death. Police say they attended to him within the first five minutes. His friends and teammates say it was more like fifteen.

Autopsy results would show that DJ had alcohol in his system. His blood alcohol content was 0.13 percent, a level that would have required he drink about 6 drinks in four hours—something that simply didn’t happen. His family’s attorney has suggested the discrepancy between what the autopsy shows and what countless witnesses have stated may be a result of natural chemical reactions in the body after death or even police tampering.

The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office will be presenting evidence to a grand jury this month. It’s expected to be a lengthy process and could take weeks for all of the evidence to be laid out. While the DA’s office states the investigation has largely been handled by the New York State Police, others are calling foul as it’s believed the local police departments have shared in the investigating—creating a hardly unbiased angle as one of their own was holding the gun that night.

The Henry family and supporters have repeatedly called on the U.S. Department of Justice to take over the investigation in the interest of objectivity, though their calls seem to have fallen on deaf ears. They've held letter writing campaigns and marched in support of the other men who were arrested that night, four of them, charged with disturbance following the shooting of their friend. 

Join us in demanding a federal investigation--one free of bias and one that uncovers what really happened the morning that Henry was killed. 

Photo Credit: Henry Family

 

 

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    1. Reached 5,000 signatures
    2. Officer Who Killed DJ Henry Absolved by Grand Jury

      Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Grand jury proceedings examining the death of Pace University student Danroy "DJ" Henry concluded Monday, with jurors announcing that they believed the officer responsible for Henry’s death did not commit a crime. Though the Henry family and...

    3. Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      The parents of DJ Henry were on CNN this week to discuss their son's death:

    4. Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      More than 100 students recently gathered at a Sunday mass at Iona College, which DJ Henry attended before transferring to Pace University, to honor their slain former classmate:

    5. Reached 3 signatures
    6. Mother of Danroy 'DJ' Henry: 'This Can Happen Again'

      Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      He was their “golden child” says Angella Henry, mother of slain Pace University student Danroy “DJ” Henry Jr. He was the child that did everything right, from his academics, his devotion to family, his health, sports, and church, there was...

    7. Family of Slain Pace Student Starts Foundation, Looks for Witnesses

      Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Late Tuesday afternoon, the attorney for the family of slain Pace University student DJ Henry announced his plans to file suit against two different communities in New York. This comes after calls for special prosecutors and greater federal oversight...

    8. Family Awaits Justice for Pace University Student Shot by Cop

      Charles Davis
      Petition Organizer

      Pace University student Danroy “DJ” Henry lost a football game on the afternoon of October 16. But before he would make it home that night, he would lose something far greater: his life.
      In the early morning hours of October 17, DJ was shot and...

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    • Kero Murugeson PLANO, TX
      • almost 3 years ago

      I believe in Civil Rights and Constitution that protects human rights and the justice that comes with it!

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      • almost 3 years ago

      He started driving off because he was parked in a firelane! He thought the cop was saying move. The cop should be charged with murder and the other cops involved should be charged with a lesser offense for not stopping it. There is a child in federal prison for video taping a fight and not stopping it. It is here on change.org. So then, they should all be charged as well.

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    • S B BANGKOK, THAILAND
      • almost 3 years ago

      Transparency is needed here but sorry to say it probably won't happen due to the fact that if the officer is found guilty of discharging his weapon for no reason a law suit will follow.. Something needs to be done it is happening to often..

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    • Mary Napier HARSENS ISLAND, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      A police man can not shoot if the person he is shooting at his armed and attacking. My father in 20 years of law enforcement taught (spelling?) me that.

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    • Justin Shanahan SOUTH GATE, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      This is absurd! Corrupted cops probably think they are the terminator. Killing innocent people -_- Terminating innocent people for whatever reason. This needs to end! Justice will be served!

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