Three college students are alleging that police in White Plains, New York first shot their friend, Danroy Henry, without cause and then beat them when they tried to give him CPR to save his life. The friends were later arrested and Henry died from his wounds.
Police say that Henry drove off when they were called to a bar and hit an officer. Witnesses allege that the officer was not struck and that Henry was responding to their orders to leave a fire lane. He was shot through the window of the car by police and then handcuffed on the ground. His friends tried repeatedly to give him CPR and were prevented from doing so by police. They say that they begged police to help Henry and that two of the friends were hit with tasers when they tried to save him. Another said that police put a gun in his ribs and told that “he would be next.”
We have not heard the account from the individual officers.
What is particularly disturbing is that the witnesses say that officers intentionally covered their badges when witnesses tried to record who the responsible officers were at the scene.
Most of the students at the bar were from Pace University and celebrating the homecoming football game. Among those arrested were Daniel Parker, of Lauderhill, Fla.; Joseph Garcia, of Floral Park, N.Y.; and Yves Delpeche, of Brooklyn, N.Y. All are 22. They were charged with disorderly conduct and obstruction. Parker and Delpeche also were charged with resisting arrest.
Mount Pleasant police Chief Louis Alagno insists that Henry was handcuffed until officers realized he was gravely wounded.
Pleasantville Officer Aaron Hess and Mount Pleasant Officer Ronald Beckley were identified as firing the shots.
At one point, the students allege, a student asked if an officer was going to shot him with everyone watching and that the officer then shot him twice in the stomach with a stun gun.
Source: Daily Record