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Jay-Z, Rihanna & More Write Letter DEMANDING Justice For Black College Student Gunned Down By White Police Officer

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Celebs are joining forces to demand justice for a black college student who was fatally shot by a white police officer 10 years ago. Deets inside…

 

Celebrities are stepping up and using their platforms for the greater good.

A group of A-listers joined forces to demand justice for unarmed black Pace University junior – Danroy “DJ” Henry - who was fatally shot by a white Westchester cop in 2010.

Celebs like Rihanna, Jay-Z, Kerry Washington, Gabrielle Union, Mary J. Blige, Taraji Henson, Pharrell Williams, Odell Beckham Jr., Michael K. Williams, and Charlize Theron signed a letter sent to US Attorney General William Barr, urging him to reopen the case of Danroy “DJ” Henry’s slaying and probe possible police misconduct.

”This agonizing case remains an unhealed wound for the Henry family and the people of New York," the letter reads. "DJ, a young Black youth with a bright future ahead of him, was killed for no apparent reason inside his own vehicle."

"The facts of the case reek of local conflict of interest, racial bias and even false testimony," it continued. "But like so many other unarmed and innocent young, black men who find themselves guilty of being at the wrong time, DJ, too, lost his life for no good reason and with absolutely no good explanation — to this very day. Justice, it appears, has been denied."

 

 

The letter asks the Justice Department to reevaluate “whether a pattern of discrimination” led to DJ’s killing.

“If it did — deliver the justice that restores this young man’s name and reputation, while giving hope to other young black men who are just like him and desperate for change,” the letter states.

DJ’s father, Danroy Henry Sr., told Page Six that the family was grateful for the support in demanding justice for his son.

"We appreciate that they're leaning into the moment and that they're willing to stand behind us on this really important matter," he said.

DJ – who was a 20year-old college football player – was gunned down by a white police officer. The officer claims DJ tried to run him over with his vehicle and he was forced to shoot him.

PEOPLE reports:

On Oct. 17, 2010, DJ, a 20-year-old college football player, had been out celebrating at a sports bar with his teammates when a group of patrons got into a fight, CBS News reported.

Police responded to the scene and said that DJ was parked in a fire lane in front of Finnegan's Grill. When he was asked to move, officer Aaron Hess claimed DJ sped toward him, hitting him and propelling him on the hood of the car, which forced Hess to shoot at DJ.

In a deposition, Hess maintained that he thought his life was in danger when he decided to shoot into the car, and that race was not a factor because he couldn't see through the windshield.

However, new evidence reportedly finds a statement from officer Ronald Beckley where he reveals he had fired at Hess because he was the aggressor in the situation.

"I was shooting at a person that I thought was the aggressor and was inflicting deadly physical force on another," Beckley told Michael Sussman, who deposed him as part of a civil suit filed by the Henry family against Hess and the Village of Pleasantville, per Patch.

According to the deposition obtained by Patch, Beckley also revealed in his deposition that Hess was "mounting" the car rather than being hit by the car as he was shooting, saying he saw "a dark figure in front of that vehicle mounting that vehicle."

DJ’s father said Officer Hess’ account of what went down was “clearly” meant to “villainize our son.” He said they sent their son off to college to play football and he never came home. So sad.

Peep the clip below:

DJ’s friend Brandon Cox, who was in the car with him at the time, said that DJ did what the officer asked him to do before the police shot him. He said Officer Hess started shooting at them unprovoked.

"He started to make a forward motion to move forward. That's when DJ starts to pull away. He just pulled off slowly," Cox recalled. "Where we were parked there was like there was a curve in the roadway. As we come around that curve, I can see somebody running from in between those two cars with their gun raised."

That's when Hess reportedly climbed on the hood of the car and began shooting.

DJ’s family has filed a civil lawsuit against Officer Hess and another officer, who allegedly pulled DJ from his car, handcuffed him and left him on the ground to bleed to death. In 2011, a grand jury decided NOT to indict him and in 2015 the US Attorney’s Office also decided NOT to file federal charges against him.

DJ's family plan to go before Congress to advocate for new legislature that will hold police more accountable for their deadly actions.

 

 

Photo: Everett Collection/Shutterstock.com

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