Did Cop In Pace Student’s Death Put Self In Harm’s Way?

NEW YORK (AP) — The father of a college football player fatally shot by police investigating a disturbance outside a suburban New York bar says new statements about the shooting suggest an officer put himself in harm’s way by stepping in front of his son’s car.

Danroy Henry of Easton, Mass., father of Danroy “D.J.” Henry Jr., commented Wednesday to The Associated Press on comments by an attorney for Pleasantville, N.Y., police officer Aaron Hess.

Henry said the attorney’s comments to The Journal News of White Plains, N.Y.. show Hess got in the car’s pathway rather than his son aiming the vehicle toward the officer, and add to the grieving family’s confusion.

Police say Henry hit two officers with his car outside a Thornwood, N.Y., bar Oct. 17. Officers fired at the car, killing the Pace University football player.

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  • Frank

    The black kid didn’t have a chance . The white cop shop him because the black kid was leaving the scene of a police call in a white town . Cop figures he’ll do what he’s got to do and all his white cronenies in this white town , city and county will back him up and thats exacly what took place . Period the end exit stage to left

  • Jimmy

    He put himself in harms way when he put his uniform on that evening. We could be mourning that officer. It’s unfortunate but the officer did the right thing to get home to his family. Mr. Henry did not. RIP..

  • Amy M.

    I dont understand what’s so hard for people to understand? The man was DRUNK, after the cop told him to stop he did not an instead kept driving. The cop fearing for his life and being in harm’s way did the thing he was trained to do. He felt that this man was trying to kiill him because he didnt stop, so he fired his weapon. Unfortunately, this young man died, but to blame the cop for his death is wrong, in the end, it was the alcohol that caused this terrible situation.

  • Nick

    Don’t try to run over cops and they won’t shoot you.

  • AmericanCabbie

    Did you mean human discourse, or are you sticking with human intercourse?

  • AmericanCabbie

    The driver was drunk. Bad things happen when people drive drunk. One thing’s for sure: he won’t ever drive drunk again.

  • danny

    In other news, its the cops fault for standing in front of the bullet that ended his life during a routine traffic stop. It’s common sense people. If the po-po says stop, don’t move. Plain.Simple. Or are you stup1d?

  • fern

    What are cops, what are laws…

  • saywhat

    The COURTS are the law of the land.

  • Monika Hofmann

    Personally, I would prefer a training program in human intercourse and communications for cops. I have found them to be about light years away in the ability to relate to the general public who they DO NOT protect and serve and feed on for survival of their jobs instead of working themselves out of one, as agreed. Loose and unfit canons in uniform are not needed, programs to integrate bigger and better trained personel on hand as American Veterans ARE!

    • Tony S

      And you’re comments are drawn on what experience?? What you read sensationalized in the papers. Move to Somalia and live in a world of complete anarchy before taking pot shots at police. You and yours alike paint your criticism with a broad brush and the fact is, the vast majority of police officers make huge sacrifices so the likes of you can sleep at night.

      • Q-Zip

        So all it takes for a cop to kill someone is for them to FEEL threatened? That’s not good enough. This cop is a coward. And cops first priority is to protect themselves, and other cops, not citizens. Please always remember NEVER say anything to a cop. They are not there to help you. They are there to help themselves and further their own corrupt careers. Maybe there are a few good cops here and there, but most of them are uneducated, violent, power-mad, bullies. That is all.

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