Rihanna, Jay-Z and other high profile celebrities are demanding justice for Danroy Henry, a college student, who was shot dead by a white police officer back in 2010.
The Pace University junior was said to be unarmed when he was fatally shot by a police officer. On Monday (June 13), a letter was sent to the Justice Department urging for them to reopen the case.
“The facts support this request, the law all but requires it, and justice — it demands it,” the letter states. “If it did — deliver the justice that restores this young man’s name and reputation, while giving hope to other young black men who are just like him and desperate for change.” Rihanna, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige, Gabrielle Union, Pharrell Williams, and others signed the letter.
The incident occurred after Henry, a 20-year-old college football player, were at Finnegan’s Grill, a sports bar. An altercation took place, and police were called.
It is no surprise that there are two sides to the story. According to Henry’s family attorney, Michael Sussman, Henry was driving slowly when officer Aaron Huss opened fired. Shots went through the windshield killing Henry and wounding his friend Brandon cox.
“He started to make a forward motion to move forward. That’s when DJ starts to pull away. He just pulled off slowly,” Cox recalled. “Where we were parked there was like there was a curve in the roadway. As we come around that curve, I can see somebody running from in between those two cars with their gun raised.”
Huss has a different account of the fatal day in October of 2010. The Westchester officer claimed that he was hit with the front of Henry’s car, when he asked Henry to move his car from the fire lane. Huss ended up onto top of the car roof due to the impact.
In 2011, Huss was not indicted. A decision made by a grand jury. Four years later the US Attorney’s office decided not to apply federal charges against officer Huss.
The letter sent on Monday is claiming that, “local conflict of interest, racial bias and even false testimony”, all played into the outcome.
Danroy Henry, also know as DJ, currently has a fund that was setup by his family. The DJ Henry Dream Fund will provide scholarships for youth in Massachusetts. The funds will enable these student to participate in arts, summer camps, and community-based athletics.