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No Indictment in Fatal Shooting of Pace University Student, U.S. Justice Department Investigating
A Westchester County Grand Jury has found "no reasonable cause for indictment" against two police officers who shot and killed Pace University student Danroy Henry last October.
Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore made the announcement saying more than 400 people in all were interviewed and evidence was presented to the Grand Jury from 85 of them. 46 were Pace University students who were at the scene of the shooting outside a strip mall in Thornwood during the school's homecoming weekend and included Henry's front seat passenger, who was shot and injured, Brendon Cox.
The Grand Jury proceedings began January 10th in the case involving Pleasantville Police Officer Aaron Hess and Mount Pleasant Police Officer Ronald Beckley.
Last month, the Henry family filed Notices of Claim alleging wrongful death totaling $120 million against the Town of Mount Pleasant and the Village of Pleasantville, the first step leading to a lawsuit.
The Henry family had maintained that the officers acted recklessly in the shooting of Danroy "DJ" Henry.
The officers involved had claimed that they feared for their lives when Henry plowed his car into them leaving them "no choice" but to open fire.
A statement is expected this evening from Henry family attorney, Michael Sussman.
Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, Ellen Davis issued a statement this evening, "Consistent with our practice in cases of this kind, the Department of Justice will review all of the available evidence with respect to the death of Danroy Henry, Jr., including the evidence available to the Westchester County District Attorney's Office, to determine whether there were any violations of the federal criminal civil rights laws."
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