Danroy Henry Sr. Reacts to Released Materials in Son's Shooting [VIDEO]

The father of DJ Henry said the most "instructive" material was the documented reaction of Police Officer Ronald Beckley.

Danroy Henry Sr., the father of Pace University student DJ Henry, who was shot and killed by Pleasantville Police Officer Aaron Hess in New York in 2010, released a YouTube video Monday night expressing his views regarding materials recently made available to the public.

He said the materials, which include audio, dash cam videos, and testimony from witnesses, should be viewed in the context of an investigative process which Henry called "flawed."

"What we hope folks will do is keep in context the source of this information," he said in the video. "This was gathered, we think, with some bias, because it was gathered through an investigative process that we have already said on record, we think was flawed."

"...It doesn’t mean all of it is untrue," he continued. "It just means that we have to believe that there are omissions here and there were likely things gathered with some prejudice, given that they were thinking about trying to present a version of the story – not the absolute truth, but a version of the story so they were bias towards that version of the story."

Henry said that there were still "instructive" materials that were released Monday. Specifically, he pointed to the police report given by Lieutenant Brian Fanelli of the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

Fanelli's narrative describes his interaction with Mount Pleasant Police Officer Ronald Beckley shortly after the incident occurred. In addition to Hess, Beckley also fired his weapon during the incident. Henry said that because Beckley fired his gun as a result of hearing gunshots, the only threat at the time was the threat of Hess.

In the report, Fanelli writes the following:

Police Officer Ronald Beckley advised me that he fired his duty weapon during the disturbance at Finnergan's. I asked PO Ronald Beckley what happened and he stated the following; He arrived at the Town Center in his patrol car and that as he exited his vehicle he stood momentarily outside of his driver's door when he heard what he believed to be gun shots corning from close proximity. Officer Beckley stated that he looked up and saw a car coming at him at a high rate of speed. He saw a person who was dressed in dark clothing on the hood of the vehicle which was approaching him. Officer Beckley stated that he believed that the gun shots were coming from the person on the hood of the vehicle. Officer Beckley stated that he believed he was going to be killed by the vehicle and that he drew his weapon and fired at the car. Officer Beckley continued by saying that he doesn't know how he made it out alive and that he believed he had shot the person on the hood of the vehicle. It wasn't until after the car stopped that he realized that the person he thought he had shot at was Police Officer Arran Hess of the Pleasantville Police Department.

Fanelli's report continues to describe Beckley as being "in obvious shock" after the incident and afraid that he had shot Hess. Fanelli called the hospital to assure Beckley that Hess' injuries were because he had been hit by the car and not because he had been shot (To view the full report, click on the attached .pdf.)

For Henry, Beckley's description of the incident proved that Hess' motives were unjustified.

"His decision then, was to shoot the shooter; not the driver of the car, not someone who was involved in reckless behavior," Henry said. "He was attempting to shoot the shooter – we have to believe because he was thinking 'why would anybody be shooting right now – there’s no reason for anyone to be shooting’

"So, it seems to run counter to what Aaron Hess has claimed was the justification for DJ’s shooting. And so, if the use of deadly force isn’t supported by justification, then it’s unjustified. By definition, the unjustified taking of a human life is murder."

To view all of the released materials, click here. Check back with Patch for more on this case.

Justice19 March 13, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Justice will be seved for DJ! Aaron Hess should not be honored for murdering an innocent soul. Hess is a disgusting liar. Justice for DJ will come - and the truth will come out as well. Pace will never be the same.
DownNoutNla March 14, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Family is unable to accept the truth. Their son was underage at a bar, drunk, in a fire lane, he couldn't hear the officer say stop (like the passenger heard and testified), their son couldn't see out of fogged up windows, but drove anyway, hitting an officer and another vehicle at 24 mph. Another DUI fatality
Justice19 March 14, 2012 at 11:58 AM
The passenger also testified that DJ did not drink at the bar because he knew he would be driving. Maybe you should read the real reports on michael sussmans website. He had one drink..one! And that was at the townhouses. I am pretty sure you've had a drink a well when u were underaged...correct? DJ was murdered and everyone needs to open their eyes and accept that. Why did Hess run in front of the car of he saw it moving and leaving from a chaotic situation?? Another lie from westchester cops that get NO action. They look for things to do around here. These cops in westchester are aggressive and will use overly excessive force if they think you "don't belong" if u know what I mean.
Deb s March 14, 2012 at 01:15 PM
Of course his friend is saying he didn't drink. Duhhhjh. Doesn't mean its true secondly he ran over s cop so they r going to help the cop before the person who tried to kill him. I dm not saying he was s bad kid, but unfortunately his split second bad decision led to this horrific turn of events. The GOP has to live with this forever and the parents haze to stop acting like their child was wearing a halo.
Justice19 March 14, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Clearly everywhere they will always help the cop first...this also doesn't mean the cop is a saint. There are hundreds of crooked cops out there who get away with murder but Aaron Hess will not. Why do u think they hid the details and evidence from the public? Because the authorities have something to hide! Justice for DJ!
DownNoutNla March 15, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Every piece of evidence released by the Henry Family attorney supports the Police Officers decision to use deadly force to stop a motor vehicle driving towards two officers. Remember, the Car Windows were fogged up, the officer could not see the driver's race. He shot to save his legs his life and that of his fellow officers. DJ was drunk and might have killed all of the passengers and whomever he hit if he had been able to drive off the parking lot.
DownNoutNla March 15, 2012 at 01:24 AM
I did drink underage, but I never drove my vehcle into a police officer. Testimony from his friends admitted to DJ drinking Vodka, no half filled or 1/4 filled bottle was found. If he was a Designated Driver why did he have a glass of Vodka? If you drink Vodka, you shouldn't drive.
Justice19 March 15, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Still doesn't explain why the idiot cop ran in front of a moving vehicle
Joseph Lateral September 29, 2012 at 08:27 PM
DownNoutNla, the family wants to continue to seek all evidence. If DJ was indeed drunk and juvenile then you should have no problem with the pursuit of evidence. I sense fear and frustration. If the truth is clear to you, then you should have no problem with the continual search for evidence. I rather here someone grieve the lose of a life than spew hypothetical repercussions of DJ living.


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