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As expected, a judge today dropped charges against four Pace University football players arrested the night their fellow teammate Danroy (DJ) Henry was shot and killed by police.
The four, Joseph Romanick,Yves Delpeche, Joseph Garcia and Daniel Parker had been charged with disorderly conduct,obstruction and criminal mischief following the October 17, 2010 shooting of Henry. Romanick had also been charged with felony criminal mischief.
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.
The attorney for the family of Danroy "DJ" Henry, Michael Sussman, says he was encouraged by what he said was the Governor's apparent desire to see justice done in the case.
Technically, the Governor cannot appoint a Special Prosecutor. That must be done by the Attorney General. Henry's family said it's hopeful the Governor will at least get the ball rolling.
Mount Pleasant Police officials have said there is no cover-up in the case and that the two officers involved in DJ Henry's killing acted in self-defense and fired at him only after Henry plowed his car into them. Blood alcohol tests have indicated Henry was drunk at the time of the shooting, but eyewitnesses who were with him that night insist Henry was not drinking that evening.
The Wesetchester County District Attorney's office which is assisting in the inquiry says it does not comment on pending investigations. The case is expected to be presented to a Grand Jury in January.
The father of the Pace University student killed by police in October is out with a new video on YouTube questioning investigators' handling of evidence in the case.
In the video, Dan Henry of Cambridge, Massachusetts,expresses particular concern with two phone calls made on his son DJ's phone after his death.
He says when he questioned the District Attorney's office about them, he was told that the phone was only turned on to determine who the phone belonged to. Henry expressed concern that police, who likely found the phone on his son's person, were unaware that it was his and questioned whether police were either sloppy in their evidence gathering or tampering with the evidence.
The elder Henry also said he investigated the situation further and was told by his son's phone company provider, AT&T, that the two calls made were data transfers out. One was made about an hour after he had died, the other, about an hour after that.
He questioned why the Westchester D.A.'s office was unaware of that and why such evidence may have been removed from the phone without a warrant.
Students, faculty and family are mourning the death of a Pace University Student who died at the University's Pleasantville campus Wednesday night.
A spokesman for the University says friends of 25 year old Luke Arneson of Walden found him in his room as he was having the seizure around 5 p.m. Wednesday evening. He was pronounced dead a short time later.
Officials say Arneson suffered from epilepsy. He was a former marine who had served in Iraq. Students at Pace say they're hoping to hold a memorial for the well-liked student on campus.
Arneson's death comes less than two months after the death of another Pace University student, 20 year old Danroy Henry, who was shot by police outside a bar in Thornwood. The circumstances of his death are still under investigation.
(Luke Arneson and unidentified female friend in Facebook photo)
A Pace University student who was in the car with Danroy Henry the night he was shot by police and who was himself spoke out for the first time today.
Brandon Cox held a news conference in Pleasantville outside Lucio's Pizza where he had had dinner with Henry just hours before he was shot and killed. Cox told reporters that his best friend Henry was more like a brother to him than a friend. Said Cox, "My world has been turned upside down ever since this incident."
His stepfather, Tom Parks,questioned the inquiry into the tragic killing, saying he has "a fair amount of skepticism," and he "does not think the Mount Pleasant Police department can be objective enough" about the investigation . Parks went on to say he is calling "on the Justice Department to get involved and "to safeguard the evidence before it's tainted or the rest of it is destroyed."
Mount Pleasant Police officials maintain that there was no impropriety on the part of the officers involved in the deadly shooting. They say the officers opened fire after Henry plowed into them with his car in front of Finnegan's Grill, tossing one of them onto the windshield, and forcing them to use deadly force.
Over the past few weeks,details were leaked out to the media that blood taken from Henry indicated he was legally drunk at the time he was shot. That disputed reports from eyewitnesses who claim they were with Henry at the bar that night and said he was not drinking and was instead the designated driver. Subsequent blood tests ordered by the attorney for the Henry family, Michael Sussman, reportedly confirmed that Henry was intoxicated.
A large rally is planned Sunday at the Westchester County Center in White Plains to call for a Federal investigation into the shooting.
For the first time in nine days, Pleasantville Police are speaking out about the shooting death of Pace University football player Danroy "DJ" Henry.
Today, Pleasantville Police Chief Anthony Chiarlitti held a news conference denouncing allegations that the shooting of Henry by Pleasantville Police Officer Aaron Hess was racially motivated. Said Chiarlitti, "To characterize a man who honorably served his country as a United States marine and the Village of Pleasantville as a police officer for over ten years, as racially biased is inappropriate and irresponsible," adding, "And until someone demonstrates to my satisfaction that Officer Hess did something wrong, I will continue to fully support him."
Also today, officials with the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI said they are monitoring the investigation into Henry's death and will review the case for possible civil rights violations "if appropriate." Henry's family has written U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore calling for a Justice Department investigation.
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