Pleasantville Police Chief: Don’t Rush To Judgment

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (CBS 2/1010 WINS/WCBS 880/AP) — A police chief is cautioning against a rush to judgment about either side in the shooting of a Pace University football player.

Pleasantville Police Chief Anthony Chiarlitti says it’s useless to speculate about what happened on Oct. 17, when two officers fired at a moving car and 20-year-old Danroy Henry was killed.

Chiarlitti defended and stood by Officer Aaron Hess Tuesday, 1010 WINS’ Glen Schuck reported.  Saying Hess wasn’t a racist,  Chiarlitti noted that Hess was seriously injured in the incident and needed to have surgery, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported.

LISTEN: 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck reports
WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi

The police chief described Hess as a trusted officer and pledged his support unless it’s proved Hess did something wrong.

“Until someone demonstrates to my satisfaction that Officer Hess did something wrong, I will continue to fully support him,” Chiarlitti said.

Hess is one of two officers who fired at Henry’s car in an incident just outside the Pleasantville Village border in the larger town of Mount Pleasant, which is investigating the shooting.

Chiarlitti also mentioned the leak of autopsy information that showed Henry was driving drunk when he was shot. He said the information is unconfirmed and urged all community members to wait to judge Hess until all the facts come out, WCBS 880’s Catherine Cioffi reported.

There is considerable anxiety that a well-liked cop could be involved in something so tragic and controversial. People don’t know what to make of it.

“There’s been such conflicting information given and it doesn’t make sense,” Katherine Kalderley said.

“The cop is a wonderful man.  The guy got married not too long ago.  I think he has kids coming, twins coming. Always did a decent job, but he never looked for trouble,” Robert Hamilton said.

Mount Pleasant and Westchester County police are now in their second day of a forensic sweep of the car involved — trying to determine which of two officers fired the fatal shot.

Reacting to the chief’s comments late Tuesday, a lawyer for Henry’s family renewed their call for an outside agency to investigate the incident.

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  • givehimlife

    that police officer better get LIFE!!!! in prison y is it that this kind of situation always happens to innocent black men gee i wonder why???

  • Jp

    So what kind of surgery did the officer require? Clearly isn’t life-saving or major surgery b/c if it were, it would be mentioned. I suppose 2 stitches can be considered a “surgical” procedure. Any person who tries to run over the police gets what they deserve, but none of the reports so far corroborate the police account. I hope every witness for Mr. Henry confirms what I already believe. Let the facts come out and let the chips fall where they may.

  • Laurence

    Lets find something to tell the people quick. Make him culpable. He tried to run you down with his car, while drunk, high on weed, and doing one of his baby mamas. Do this guy justice, nobody deserves to be shot and killed like this!

  • The Better Samaritan

    Eyewitnesses say he was obeying a police order to move his verhicle.

    The Better Samaritan has typed…..

    • HJ

      He was disobeying police officers that is why they had to do what they did.

  • The Good Samaritan

    Danroy Henry tried to run over law enforcement.

    The Good Samaritan has spoken.

    • Support your local Police

      The Good Samaritan is a parrot and is influenced by bigots.

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