The family of a college football player who was shot and killed by a policeman is outraged after learning that the officer involved has been named Officer of the Year in his union, MyFoxBoston.com reported Tuesday.
The Pleasantville Police Benevolent Association honored Officer Aaron Hess at an awards ceremony last week, according to a New York news report. Hess fired into the car of Pace University football player Danroy “DJ” Henry outside a Thornwood, N.Y. bar last October after police said the 20-year-old ignored instructions to stop.
"It speaks to the arrogance that we have experienced since Oct. 17, 2010," Henry's mother, Angella, told the Boston Herald . "It just shows their inhumanity and their arrogance and we just continue to move forward and fight for justice for our son and we hope that the Justice Department will look at everything carefully."
Police said that when they knocked on the window of Henry's vehicle, which was parked in a fire lane, the student accelerated, striking Hess and another officer. Hess landed on the hood of Henry’s vehicle, and he and another officer, Ronald Beckley, fired at the car.
Hess underwent a four and a half hour surgery to repair his knee.
The PBA said that Hess was honored for the "dignified and professional manner [he's] conducted himself throughout his career and this ordeal."
Last month, a judge threw out criminal charged against Henry’s teammates caught in the chaos of the shooting. Hess and Beckley were cleared of criminality by a grand jury in February.
Henry's parents have filed a $120 million wrongful-death lawsuit and asked the government to investigate whether Henry's civil rights were violated.
NewsCore contributed to this report.