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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.
The parents of a college football player slain by Pleasantville, N.Y. police prevailed on Thursday in their lawsuit to make key evidence about the tragic shooting available to the public.
Hours of witness statements, audio from 911 calls and radio transmissions among police officers in the Village of Pleasantville on the night that popular Pace University student Danroy Henry Jr. was killed by police during a fracas in a parking lot could soon be released.
The evidence will be ready as soon as Friday and will show that "the shooting lacked any possible justification," said Michael Sussman, the attorney representing the slain student's family. He called the ruling a "victory for transparency."
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.
Sussman said he plans to release some material. He says there is video but none that shows the shooting.
The 20-year-old Henry was shot and killed on Oct. 17 as he drove away from a disturbance outside a bar in Thornwood, N.Y., just north of New York City.
Henry was parked in a fire lane when a police officer knocked on the driver's side window. Police said Henry sped off, but his family says he moved away at parking lot speed, believing the officer was instructing him to move.
Henry's car hit an officer who ended up on its hood, firing through the windshield.