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The parents of a college football player slain by Pleasantville, N.Y. police prevailed in their lawsuit to make key evidence about the tragic shooting available to the public. John Noel reports.
Monday's planned release of a trove of documents about the fatal shooting of a college football player by Pleasantville, N.Y. police will show that he was not speeding when gunned down by police, a lawyer for the victim's family said Friday.
The documents will also show that police dashboard cameras were disconnected prior to the fatal shooting of popular Pace University student Danroy Henry Jr. in October 2010, the attorney said.
“There is evidence that is now available that one of the vehicles had the dashcam disabled," said Michael Sussman, the attorney representing the Henry family.
Henry, 20, was parked in a fire lane outside a bar in Thornwood, N.Y., when a police officer knocked on the driver's side window. Police said Henry sped off, but his family and lawyers have argued he moved away at parking lot speed, believing the officer was instructing him to move.
Henry's car hit Officer Aaron Hess, who ended up on its hood, firing through the windshield.
Also to be released are hours of witness statements, audio from 911 calls and radio transmissions among police officers in the Village of Pleasantville, Sussman said.
Among the boxes of documents and materials are videos that will show Henry maintained a speed of 14.7 mph when Hess fatally shot him after being struck by his vehicle. Sussman also said that at least one police dashboard camera was disabled.
"People have asked about this, about this status of the dashcams, why there is not better footage of what has occurred," Sussman said. "And we have answers to that provided in some of the documents.”
After a grand jury cleared the policeman of wrongdoing, Henry's family filed a lawsuit in federal court and made the request that the material from the investigation of his 2010 death be released.
On Thursday, a judge cleared the way for that material to be made public.