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April 14th, 2011
04:37 AM ET

Officer who shot college student honored

(CNN) - An award given to an officer who fatally shot a Pace University football player last year is "obviously offensive," an attorney representing the youth's parents said Wednesday. "It's a disgrace," Michael Sussman told reporters. "What concerns me is it sends a message of blatant disregard." Officer Aaron Hess was named Officer of the Year by the Police Benevolent Association in Pleasantville, New York, last week, according to CNN affiliate WCVB. Hess shot Danroy "D.J." Henry, 20, of Easton, Massachusetts, early on October 17 outside a bar at a shopping center in Thornwood, New York. On February 14, a Westchester County, NY Grand Jury cleared two police officers of criminal responsibility in the death. On American Morning, Danroy and Angella Henry said they will accept nothing less than a murder indictment against the police officer implicated in the shooting death of their son in October. Do you think it's appropriate that the officer is being honored? Let us know here. Kiran and Christine will read your responses on air.

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