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Danroy “DJ” Henry’s Killer Gets “Officer Of The Year” Award

Submitted by on April 17, 2011 – 11:27 am3 Comments
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Remember Danroy “DJ” Henry? The football player from Pace University who was shot and killed by a Pleasantville, NY police officer last October? You know, the 20-year-old who allegedly tried to run over Officer Aaron Hess—even though witnesses claim Henry and his two friends were shot at for no reason—and was subsequently shot to death? It’s a pretty sad story, considering the officer who killed Henry was not indicted by a New York State grand jury.

Yup, just another black man killed by police.

But where this story differs is that Officer Aaron Hess was just honored for being “Officer of the Year.”

Yeah, our thoughts exactly.

Just how does an officer who was involved in the questionable murder of a young African-American male get an award? Especially considering the U.S. Department of Justice is still investigating the shooting? Did they really have to give Hess the award? Sounds to me like an extremely arrogant act by a police department who clearly could care less about being sensitive to a situation. No matter how much the police force believes Hess’s story, they should realize somebody’s child had been shot to death. There has to be an inkling of remorse and perhaps a smidget of thought that maybe Hess wasn’t totally justified for killing Henry. No matter how the police department feels, the mere notion they gave Hess an award for “Officer of the Year” is flat out ridiculous. The Henry family voiced their displeasure with the situation.

“I’m glad the world gets to see the arrogance we’ve been dealing with since Oct. 17, from the district attorney’s office all the way to the Police Benevolent Association,” said Angella Henry, Danroy Henry’s mother. “For us, it’s not a surprise.”

The lesson learned here: The lives of African Americans still aren’t worth much in this country. As a matter of fact, you could win an award for shooting one.

Unbelievable.

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