Rihanna, Jay-Z, Charlize Theron and different celebrities are calling on the U.S. Division of Justice to research the demise of 20-year-old Danroy “DJ” Henry Jr., a Black soccer participant at Tempo College killed by a white police officer in New York almost a decade in the past.
In a letter despatched this week to Lawyer Common William Barr, the entertainers say Henry, who was from Easton, Massachusetts, “misplaced his life for no good cause and with completely no good rationalization.” The case stays an “unhealed wound” for Henry’s household and the individuals of New York, they wrote.
“The DOJ should honestly decide whether or not a sample and/or apply of discrimination performed a job within the case of DJ Henry — and if it did — ship the justice that restores this younger man’s identify and fame, whereas giving hope to different younger black males who’re identical to him and determined for change,” they wrote.
Others who signed the letter are Pharrell Williams, Taraji P. Henson, Odell Beckham Jr., Michael Ok. Williams, Kerry Washington, Mary J. Blige and Gabrielle Union.
An electronic mail searching for remark was despatched Friday to DOJ spokespeople.
Federal prosecutors within the Southern District of New York introduced in 2015 that they’d not deliver civil rights costs, saying a radical assessment of proof didn’t present that Pleasantville officer Aaron Hess acted with deliberate and particular intent to interrupt the regulation. The officer was beforehand cleared by a grand jury.
Hess shot Henry as Henry drove via a parking zone, away from a disturbance that spilled out of a bar in October 2010 in Mount Nice, a New York Metropolis suburb.
Hess has mentioned Henry was attempting to run him down and that he fired via the windshield to cease the motive force.
The Henrys have mentioned Hess jumped entrance of the automobile, bought onto the hood and shot their son for no good cause. One other officer, Ronald Beckley, shot at Hess, later saying he did so as a result of he believed Hess was “the aggressor.”
Prosecutors mentioned Henry’s automobile struck the officer and injured him earlier than Hess fired his weapon as he made “a cut up resolution below circumstances of maximum hazard, circumstances below which the regulation typically permits latitude to a police officer’s judgment.”
Mourners maintain balloons and a photograph of Danroy Henry Jr.AP
The Henrys reached a $6 million settlement with the city and the officer.
The celebrities mentioned the details of the case “reek of native battle of curiosity, racial bias and even false testimony.”
“Justice, it seems, has been denied,” they wrote.
Henry’s father mentioned new info that has come out because the prison case was closed warrants a reexamination of his son’s demise. He pointed to a number of witnesses who contradicted the police division’s preliminary account of what occurred, together with Beckley.
“We’re hoping that anybody who can reopen this may reopen it,” Danroy Henry Sr. advised The Related Press on Friday. “All we’re asking for is what we requested for from the very starting — it’s only a honest assessment of the true proof, not kind of a faux presentation of a false narrative, which is all that we consider occurred to this point right here.”
The elder Henry mentioned officers ought to reopen the case and shouldn’t await requires the household or others to take motion.
“That’s kind of the outdated second,” he mentioned. “There’s a brand new second that’s emerged that requires them to be higher. That’s why persons are within the streets.”
Jay-Z has additionally referred to as for justice within the case of Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man who was shot and killed as he ran via a Georgia neighborhood. The social justice arm of Jay-Z’s Roc Nation leisure firm in Could referred to as on the state’s lawyer normal to nominate a particular prosecutor to assist obtain a good trial.