Judge: Westchester’s Top Cop Still Defendant In Danroy Henry Lawsuit

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Westchester County’s top cop will remain a defendant in the lawsuit over the police shooting death of Pace University student Danroy Henry, Jr.

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A federal judge said Wednesday he’s not inclined to dismiss claims against Westchester County Public Safety Commissioner George Longworth.

Bonita Zelman, an attorney for the seven Pace students with Henry that night, called it a victory.

“He will be held responsible, and accountable, for the brutality in this case,” she told reporters.

The judge also gave Zelman another month to amend her claims after Brian Sokoloff, lawyer for Aaron Hess – the officer who fired the fatal shot – objected to the lawsuit.

Sokoloff called Zelman’s conference grandstanding.

“The case is not going to be decided from anything Ms. Zelman says. It’s going to be decided, if anywhere, before a jury in this courthouse,” he said.

Henry, 20, of Easton, Mass., was fatally shot by Hess on October 17, 2010 as he drove away from a disturbance that spilled outside of Finnegan’s Grill in Thornwood after Pace’s homecoming game.

Do you have something to say about the case? Sound off in the comments section below!

  • gea3

    Junior, I guess if committing manslaughter (Hess) and then conspiring to cover it up (the rest of the police, city hall and the DA) is doing you job, it is a bad day to be doing your job and you might just get sued for it. All involved would prefer not to be suing anyone. They would prefer that the one committing felony manslaughter be tried for it and serve time; they would prefer the police and DA charge people, even police, for crimes they commit. When our authorities refuse to do their job, we citizens of Westchester can expect to pay for this for many years in the future. In the case of unlawful death complicated by cover up of city officials, it seems doubtful whether we carry enough liability insurance, so I am afraid we pay and deserve to.

  • Junior

    Of course, Westchester has the deepest pockets. He will not pay in the end, he can not be held liable for his actions or inactions while on the job unless there was gross neglect, which there is not. Taxpayers pay in the end. Same goes for the LT. Because he signed the paperwork for the summon’s issued to the others, he did his job, he is getting sued to??? Sad when somebody gets sued for doing their job. All this does is give more of a reason for people not to do their obs because of fear of repruccusion.

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