Henry’s Parents Want Independent Toxicology Test

VALHALLA, N.Y. (CBS 2/WCBS 880/1010 WINS/AP) –– When 20-year-old Pace University student Danroy “DJ” Henry was gunned down by police, he was legally drunk, according to sources close to the investigation.

“At the end of the day, does that justify killing our son? Our son is dead. He’s been killed and shot by police. Is this information alone enough to justify that?  We still fundamentally believe that it isn’t,” Henry’s father, Danroy Henry Sr., said.

The parents of Henry spoke publicly for the first time Friday and said they planned to have an independent toxicology test conducted. They believe it will yield different results, CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported.

“This feels like it is influenced by an agenda that is attempting to sway the public’s opinion about what happened to our son.  We just want the truth.  If it’s a part of the truth so be it,” Henry Sr. said.

“We’re not afraid because anyone that knows him, anyone that met him, they know the truth,” Henry’s mother, Angela, said.

In a statement to WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall, Mount Pleasant Police Chief Louis Alagno said he has not seen the toxicology reports.  Alagno said he had “no faith” in what was being reported by media outlets and didn’t know where the information came from.

“Even if it’s true, my wife and I have said we want the whole truth.  This becomes a part of that truth,” Henry Sr. said.

Investigators also tried to counter claims that Henry was left to die without swift medical help, saying that the student received treatment from officers within three to five minutes.

Lawyers for some witnesses have alleged that Henry, of Easton, Mass., was neglected for up to 15 minutes after he was shot outside a bar disturbance in Thornwood, N.Y. early Sunday.

At a press conference on Friday afternoon, Henry’s Pace football teammate, Daniel Parker, said he tried to help Henry, but was forced back by police officers at the scene.  Parker said a gun was put to his ribs with the warning that he would be next, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported.

“Only thing I asked was ‘can I help him,'” Parker said, adding that he told the officers he knew CPR.

Parker is one of four Pace football players who were arrested immediately after the shooting.

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Hours after they went public, Mount Pleasant police called for a full investigation.

“I want to assure everyone, especially the Henry family, officers and the public, this will be a thorough and impartial investigation,” Algano said.

Parker’s attorney, Bonita Zelman, is calling for an independent investigation by the state’s attorney general and the Department of Justice.

The current investigation is being led by Mount Pleasant police, State Police and the Westchester County District Attorney’s office.

The family announced through a spokeswoman on Friday that a service, called a “celebration of life,” would be held Oct. 29 — on what would have been Henry’s 21st birthday — at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.

According to police accounts, the officers opened fire on Henry when he refused to obey commands to stop, and drove his car directly into several officers.

But since coming forward with that timeline, witnesses have lashed out – saying Henry didn’t intentionally do anything to provoke the shooting.

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Press conference/Photo WCBS 880 reporter Catherine Cioffi

Algano said at a press conference Friday that officers responded with oxygen and a defibrillator within five minutes. Alagno also said investigators are looking for a woman who was seen giving Henry chest compressions before officers took over.

The police department pointed to time stamped audio and video recording. The first report of a disturbance in the bar was at 1:19 a.m. Sunday, and the first report of a shooting was at 1:25 a.m., Alagno said. Between 1:28 and 1:30 a.m., officers noted Henry’s “grave condition,” retrieved oxygen and a defibrillator, and took over CPR from the woman. By 1:35 a.m., Henry was loaded on a stretcher and wheeled to an ambulance, Alagno said.

Alagno said Henry was handcuffed after the shooting but does not know how long the cuffs were on. He had said previously that Henry was uncuffed once officers saw the severity of his injury.

A preliminary autopsy confirmed “death by gunshot.” Alagno did not say which officer’s bullet caused the death or how many times Henry was hit. He said the investigation will take months.

  • Kat Stacks

    Mike and the good Samaritan are dumb Coconuts. Who should probably be “murdred”. With comments like the those.

  • JasonS

    Well, we now have a motive. The kid didn’t want to get breathalyzed and bolted in panic. Everyone calling the cops “murderers” are just pig ignorant morons with no common sense. The kid drove into cops to get away. He didn’t care about the lives of those cops. He would rather kill them than get a DWI charge. For showing such criminal callousness, he got himself shot by cops who would rather he died than them.

  • Cecelia

    This is the first time I’ve written or read comments like this because of the heartless remarks that probably would written. I do not know this family but cried, prayed and felt very sad about the murder of their child. Yes it was simply without a doubt murder – done for whatever reasons people kill, while under the protection of a job (police, etc.) or otherwise. I always say put yourself in the position in both situations. If it was your child or any loved one shot down like this young man – what justifications would make you feel “better.” It’s a real embarrassment to our country and us all as human beings to even try and justify such a thing. God help us all. To the Henry Family, My utmost sincere condolences to you now and forever. May the wonderful memories of your son, brother, grandchild, nephew, cousin, friend be with you always.

  • J Man

    If he was drunk , thats probably why he took off in such a hurry , didnt want to get arrested

    • county of kings

      …or didn’t want to face the consequences of being a college athlete arrested for operating a motor vehicle under the influence. could have resulted in his dismissal from the team. fear is an irrational motivator.

  • settersmom

    Good timing for toxology results – anxious to hear results from private ivestigation.If true still high price to pay.

  • Joe NY

    I’m with Good Samaritan. When the police order you to stop, you STOP! Now we find out this young man was drunk. Was this the first time? And, of course, all the liberal ambulance chasers are standing before the mics today demanding answers. You just got them. So they’ll be no phony lawsuits, no crocodile tears, no parading on Oprah. It’s over. If anything, the university should either sue these charlatans for slander or simply return DJ’s tuition. His behavior shamed the campus and embarrassed a highly tolerant police department. They hadn’t pulled a gun out in 20 years.

  • Rex42

    THORNWOOD (WABC) — Sources close to the investigation tell Eyewitness News that Pace University football player Danroy Henry had a blood alcohol level of .13 when he was shot and killed by police last Saturday night.

    • truth76

      Wait…..so does this mean they weren’t talking about being in each other’s wedding?

  • Devenio

    @Ben – you’re correct. I withdraw my coward remakes. The police do have a tough job. I’ll wait like the family for the truth to come out.

  • rock

    This is a shame on both ends, officers had to shoot a kid, and they have to live with that for whatever the resin.. and a family lost there son all this right wrong don’t matter none of you where there.. and all this talk is just that talk have some respect for the victim and family.

  • Ben

    When was the test “dumbed down”? and which Dept. These arent NYC police officers. One officer has 30 years so there goes your theory. You took the test at least 10 years after him. The other officer is an ex-NYC Police officer who joined the Mt. Pleasant force 7years. ago. Clueless, and no facts.

  • Ben

    Hey Devenio, I didnt say the Police where right or wrong. You are the one fingerpointing. Just like you accuse the police of a coverup, I’m stating the Henry’s friends areny about to side with the police IF they were justified. You and Josh most definitely claimed the police were wrong. How do you know the car was going 2 miles? Could you stop a car going 2 miles an hour? You have no facts.

  • Ben

    How do you know about the test? Where do you get your info from? You are sooo clueless!!

    • Devenio

      Well when I took the test some 20 years ago, you were tested on your mental as well is intelligence. The “mental” test has been dumbed down to allow the more Napoleon type nut jobs into the department. They type of person who craves power and gives not a damn about much anything else.

      • county of kings

        the test was dumbed down for the same reason the fdny is dumbing down their test…minorities couldn’t pass it and were calling it discriminatory.

  • Devenio

    Lets be truthful about this. The police are no longer your friend. They are no longer the ones to go to when you are in trouble. Over the last 15-20 years the roll of the police has changed from “to protect and serve” to “Do what the hell I say or else”. They intelligence test of most police departments has been dropped to get the most unstable a person who can barely function on the payroll. There is a reason for this and in the next 2 years you will know why.

  • Ben

    Hey Josh & Devenio. Where you there? Why are the cops cowards? You have no idea what happened either. Do you really think Henry’s friends are going to defend the police? You are the ones profiling.

    • Josh

      And hello to Ben,
      If you re-read my first post, you’ll see that I have not called the police cowards. Although I respect what they do, that doesn’t mean that they always do it well. There is a long establlished pattern of police brutality in parts of this country and while this kid may have acted stupidly by trying to leave the scene, it doesn’t justify the police killing him. Although I wasn’t there, there are conflicting reports about how the vehicle was being driven. I don’t buy the police’s version of events because they tend to shoot first, connect the dots and then present their statement to the press before anyone else. Being first doesn’t mean they are correct. They are there to defend themselves, not admit guilt. What happened is tragic. I will wait for the facts to come out just the same. It still won’t justify this young mans’s death.

    • Devenio

      Where you there Ben? Why would you just like that take the cops side? The police have a history of cover-ups and lying yet you just for some reason take their side? Is it because the victim is black so he had to do something wrong?

      • county of kings

        the black community has a history of lying and covering for “their own” when it comes to crime and police investigations. yet you, for some reason, take their side without knowing the full facts of the case?

  • Kromesoldier

    I’m getting pretty sick and tired of everyone making this kid out to be a victim of incompetent police officers.Everyone is so quick to Monday morning quarterback these officers actions.If this kid was such an innocent,why did he drive a vehicle(in this case a weapon)at the officers.Did he not know it was wrong.The officers said”STOP”! Pretty self explanatory.Then there’s his parents.Maybe they didn’t teach him right from wrong. If you don’t want further problems,then Stop when an officer tells you to do so. I applaud the job these officers did to ensure that they go home safe to their families.It’s always a shame when someone dies,but police officers DO NOT just wake up one day and say “I think I’ll shoot someone at work today.”

    • Devenio

      He was the victim of incompetent police officers – cowards. You seem to be the one playing Monday morning quarterback. You have no idea what happened yet are willing to take these cowards at their word. Shame on you.

  • Robert Conklin

    Hey Josh,if you think that you can do the job better than the officers that were present,then take the damn exam,otherwise,shut the hell up until you know what you’re talking about. See what you would do when someone drives a few thousand lbs. of automobile at you.

    • Josh

      I repsect people’s right to their opinions. Do you? What I do for a living and how I serve my community is nobody’s business. It’s my opinion that the police were poorly trained to deal with this situation. If it was your kid or your friend, you might just think differently about what happened.

    • Devenio

      Really, how damn hard is it to get out of the way of a car going 2 miles and hour? Cowards!

    • Devenio

      For one I wouldn’t be a punk ass coward and shoot someone going 2 miles an hour.

  • The Good Samaritan

    The victims should not have been blasting his card radio with boom boom muisc and disobey the police as well

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

    • Devenio

      Hey, The Good Samaritan, can you post your address? We would like to come over and say hello and thank you for being a wonderful person.

      • INJUN


  • Josh

    It’s too bad that the parents od a dead child had to come out and make that statement. And while agree that the case isn’t about race, it’s about ignorace and very poor training on the part of another police department.

  • The Good Samaritan

    they got what they deserved for disobeying the police.

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

    • fearless

      to the good samaritan–you are highly disturbed and need therapy

  • Mike

    Good for them!

    We can ensure racism will not go anywhere as long as people like Al Sharpton, Charles Baron, and Sanford Rubinstein continue to get rich from it!

  • nathan

    Aka, “Mr Sharpton we are not taking your calls”

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