Attorney Michael Sussman Represents Henry Family

October 25, 2010
By Parker Scheer LLP on October 25, 2010 1:35 PM |

Attorney for Danroy "DJ" Henry Jr., the student killed by New York state police accuses them of releasing incorrect information.

Famous civil rights attorney Michael Sussman now represents the Henry family, the parents of the Easton, MA college student killed last week by New York state police. This popular student was shot by police during an altercation outside of a bar. On October 23, 2010, New York police released information that the student had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.

Attorney Sussman is a highly-respected civil rights attorney, and has argued more than 20 cases directly to the United States Supreme Court. The Henry family is currently represented by Attorney Sussman and a lawsuit is likely to follow. Sussman maintains that the 20-year old student was sober the night of the incident, in fact he was the designated driver that night. This statement is a response to the Associated Press's report quoting an anonymous police source saying Henry's blood-alcohol concentration was 0.13, above the .08 legal limit to drive. Attorney Sussman blames the New York police for leaking this incorrect information in an attempt to cover up their mistakes. In fact, Sussman has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to review the case itself, to assure impartial and fair fact-finding.

The Mount Pleasant police have defended their actions as self-defense. According to the police, Henry was in the driver's seat of a parked vehicle outside of the bar. The bar was full of patrons celebrating a homecoming weekend, and a football game between Pace University and Stonehill College. When Henry was approached by police, he immediately sped off. According to reports, a police officer clung to the hood of the car, and a total of four police officers were injured in the incident.

However, student witnesses claim that Henry did not try to flee, and in fact Henry was handcuffed, injured, and did not receive medical treatment for about 15 minutes after he was shot. One of the police officers who shot Henry, Ronald Beckley, has hired Andrew Quinn, a Westchester, N.Y. attorney who has won several acquittals in police brutality cases. Quinn is also the union attorney for the New York City police sergeants. Mount Pleasant Police Chief Louis Alagno vowed to conduct a full and impartial inquiry into the use of deadly force by his officers. Unfortunately, police estimate that it will take a full two to three months to wrap up a comprehensive probe into these events.


Boston Globe, October 24, 2010: Lawyer says slain student was sober

LoHud, October 20, 2010: Danroy Henry's family hires civil rights lawyer, 'seeking the truth'

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