Mass. senator wants probe in N.Y. shooting

Oct. 20, 2010 at 3:41 PM
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BOSTON, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A Massachusetts U.S. senator says he will demand an official investigation into the shooting death of an Easton, Mass., man by New York police.

Republican Sen. Scott Brown, appearing on a radio talk show, said 20-year-old Danroy "D.J." Henry Jr., was the "designated driver" early Sunday and was picking up friends at a Thornwood, N.Y., bar when a fight in the bar spilled into a parking lot with tragic consequences, The Boston Herald reported.

"He wasn't drinking, and no drugs. He swung around to pick up some people. Apparently, he had the big stereo system with the woofers and he was parked in the fire lane. When the officer apparently knocked on his window, he took off, thinking that they wanted him to move, apparently," Brown said on WEEI-AM radio, Brighton, Mass.

Henry was shot by police, removed from his car, handcuffed, and later died, the Herald reported.

Henry attended Pace University in New York and was on the football team there, the newspaper said.

"We're going to ask for an investigation, obviously, a thorough investigation," Brown said on WEEI. "Because you have a kid who is a star football player from this area, a great kid, no record, nothing. And to end his life under these circumstances, I think it's important to get the facts and get them quickly.

"So, that's what we're going to be calling for, obviously a thorough investigation," Brown said. "If it turns out that (police) acted properly, then so be it. But if it's the other way around, then obviously there needs to be some type of redress."

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