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October 25, 2010

Attorney Michael Sussman Represents Henry Family

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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October 20, 2010

Massachusetts College Student Killed by Police

Danroy Henry, a junior at Pace University, was shot and killed by police officers in an encounter outside a bar in Mount Pleasant, New York. Early in the evening on October 17, 2010, Henry arrived at Finnegan's Grill, a popular hangout for students in the Thornwood neighborhood. According to reports, Henry was parked in a fire lane and sped off when an officer knocked on the driver's side window. A chase ensued, and as officers attempted to stop Henry he accelerated and struck two police officers. One officer clung to the hood of the vehicle, while officers shot at Henry, the driver. Henry was struck by a bullet and died at the scene.

Such a bizarre police chase shocked Henry's family members and friends. Kevin Murphy, the student's grand-uncle, of Brockton was quoted: "Danny was just a bright kid with a wonderful future ahead of him, and just a gentleman. A real gentleman." Four police officers were injured the chase and were taken to Westchester Medical Center, in New York state. The police have assured the family that there will be a thorough investigation.

The death of this college student has produced more questions than answers among family, friends and the media. A vigil for the student garnered 700 students, and all interviewees regarded Henry as having a high moral character, a well-respected man whose athletic coaches respected him. The family is awaiting answers, and no comment has been made regarding a lawsuit or how the family plans to move forward and deal with their loss.

Boston Globe, October 18, 2010: Easton man, 20, fatally shot in N.Y.

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