Parents of student killed by police visit DA in NY
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The parents of a college football player shot to death by police met for the first time Monday with the district attorney coordinating the investigation.
Danroy and Angella Henry of Easton, Mass., came to the Westchester County courthouse for a hearing on their request to see some of the evidence investigators have gathered.
Their son, Pace University student Danroy Henry, was killed in his car on Oct. 17 near the scene of a disturbance at a bar in Thornwood, N.Y., near the Pace campus. Police said he sped away and hit two officers when a third officer knocked on his car window. Some witnesses dispute that account and police and prosecutors are investigating.
Danroy Henry carried a Bible into court. Angella Henry wore large buttons bearing photos of her 20-year-old son.
The Henrys' lawyer, Michael Sussman, said that after the hearing, they had "a cordial and private meeting" with Westchester District Attorney Janet DiFiore. Neither he nor the district attorney's office would discuss what was said.
The Henrys left without talking to reporters.
In court, Sussman argued for access to 911 calls, surveillance videos and other recordings relevant to the shooting and said he was willing to keep secret whatever was disclosed to the Henrys. He said the Henrys have "a compelling interest" in learning what happened to their son.
But Assistant District Attorney Steven Bender said a grand jury investigation is under way and no evidence should be disclosed in advance.
State Supreme Court Justice Orazio Bellantoni reserved decision.