How many young black men must die before the racial profiling issue is taken seriously. Arguably, most police officers would say that it is being taken seriously because they’re required to attend race sensitivity training when they beat one of us up. But, that is not taking it seriously, and certainly not awarding a cop who has killed a college honor student the Officer of the Year award after he was just hampered with the possibility of not being a cop pending the outcome of a murder case.
According to Black Voices, witnesses say former Pace University student, Danroy Henry was killed by police without an argument or wielding a weapon. He was simply trying to get out of their way after they tapped on his window at a party that had been interrupted with violence and sent everyone into the parking lot in a frenzy. Police say he ran over two officers trying to flee the scene, but witnesses say he thought he was following orders from the police to get out of a no parking zone.
Authorities say he hit two police officers and that is when Aaron Hess and Ronald Beckley opened fire on his vehicle. But, even though their statements didn’t add up and they were acquitted of murder, Hess, in an unrelated event, received the “Officer of the Year” award from the Police Benevolent Association of the Pleasantville Police Department.
The family is still relentless in pursuit of justice from this police department. They have filed a $120 million lawsuit against the Pleasantville Police Department and waiting for a federal investigation into their son’s murder. Read more here.
God bless the Henry family.