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February 9th, 2011
01:41 PM ET

Parents of gunned-down student speak out

American Morning’s T.J. Holmes sat down with Angella and Danroy Henry Sr., the parents of Pace University student-athlete Danroy Henry Jr. who was shot by a police officer in late October, and discussed the unresolved details regarding their son’s death.

Although Mrs. Henry expressed no interest in wanting to talk to the officer in question, Mr. Henry has one question, “Why?”  “I would love to talk to him, because I’d love to ask him just why. Officers aren’t trained to escalate risk, they’re trained to deescalate,” he said.

The Henrys are currently in the process of filing a $120 million lawsuit against the Pleasantville police department while the grand jury continues to investigate their son’s case. Watch the full interview below.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Tyrone

    Evryone assumes the popo was at fault. These kids was drunk and maybe panicked, good people screw up sometimes. They was dprobably scared of getting a drinking ticket or DUI. Now the family looking to cash in on 120 mil. It's now about the money.

    February 16, 2011 at 11:25 am |
  2. Mike Young

    20 million reasons to sue huh ???

    February 15, 2011 at 9:50 am |
  3. Henry

    The police routinely, purposely, place themselves in a position of danger and then use this action as a justification to kill. This is especially true when the police interact with young African-American men. The human standard which, maintains that life is more important than property does not seem to apply when it comes to African-Americans. Unfortunately, you would have to be the type of person with the ability to understand and respect the science of statistics to really understand how true this is… In this case, the facts have already confirmed that (1) the man was told to move his car by an officer, (2) the shooting officer already had his gun out even where no crime was committed, (3) the officer placed himself in front of the car and killed an African-American man who by all accounts was not committing or fleeing from a dangerous felony.

    February 9, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  4. Snowmama

    I have been following the Henry's and this disturbing incident. Where officers in NY were called to break up a disturbance and end up killing this amazing young man, without any reason. It makes me furious that as parents we are responsible for our children, and here is a family who can't get an answer about what happened to their son– ONLY because he was killed by police.
    The miscarriage of justice on so many levels comes through in the Henry case. The police and Chief Alagno have conducted themselves embarrassingly and with such cruelty toward DJ and his family (Police shot DJ in his lungs and his heart and left him on the ground to die. The police have had the parents defending DJ over alcohol levels that were leaked- by an official source- right after he died. And lastly the police proceeded to respond to this incident with 50 officers, not one that listened to students and teammates who pleaded with them to let them help DJ. The students and teammates had guns pointed at them, 4 were CRIMINALLY charged, and 1 was tasered twice in the stomach!)
    I am outraged by this story.

    February 9, 2011 at 4:27 pm |