JAY-Z, Rihanna and More Demand Justice for Black College Student Killed by a White Cop in 2010
A group of prominent celebrities has sent a message to the US Department of Justice urging them to reopen an investigation into the tragic death of Dan Danny University student “DJ” Henry, who was shot dead by a white police officer in 2010.
The letter – signed by Robin Fenty (Rihanna), Shawn Carter (Jay-Z), Farrell Williams, Charlize Theron, Taraji Henson, Odile Beckham Junior, Michael Williams, Kerry Washington, Mary J. Blige and Gabriel Union – addressed to US Attorney General William Barr Monday.
The letter says: “This painful case is still a wound that did not heal for the Henry family and the people of New York.” “DJ, a young black young man with a bright future, killed without a clear reason in his car.”
“The facts of the case are evident from local conflicts of interest and racial prejudice to false testimony.” “But like so many unarmed and innocent black youth who find themselves guilty of being at the wrong time, DJ has also lost his life for no good reason and without a good explanation at all – to this day. It seems, has been rejected.”
The group asks the Ministry of Justice to reevaluate whether “a pattern and / or discrimination that played a role in the DJ Henry case”, and if it does so, the ministry “must do justice that will restore this young man’s reputation, while giving hope to other black young men who are Likewise and desperate to change. ”
Henry’s father, Danroy Henry, told the New York Post page six that the family was grateful for the support in demanding justice for his son.
He told the newspaper: “We appreciate that they tend to the moment and are willing to stand behind us on this really important issue.”
The image of university football player Danroy Henry Jr. appears in a window of a radio station in the Roxbury neighborhood in Boston
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CBS News reported that on October 17, 2010, DJ, a 20-year-old college football player, was celebrating at a sports bar with his colleagues when a group of shepherds got into a fight.
The police responded to the scene and said that DJ was parked in a fire lane in front of the Finnegan’s Grill. When asked to move, officer Aaron Hess claimed that the DJ ran faster towards him, hit him and pushed him onto the hood, forcing Hess to shoot the DJ.
In a statement, Hesse confirmed that he believed his life was in danger when he decided to shoot in the car, and that this race was not a factor because he could not see through the windshield.
However, new reports state that a statement from Officer Ronald Beckley revealed that he had shot Hess because he was the assailant in the situation.
“I was shooting a person who I thought was the aggressor and was exercising deadly physical force on another person,” Beckley told Michael Sussman, who ousted him as part of a civil suit filed by Henry’s family against Hesse and the village of Pleasantville. For each patch.
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According to the Batch deposition, Beckley also revealed in his sediment that Hess was “riding” the car rather than hitting the car during the shooting, saying he saw “a dark character in front of that car as it was boarding that car.”