New York Police Officer Who Shot DJ Henry to Give Deposition
Henry family lawyer Michael Sussman will have the opportunity to question Pleasantville, NY Police Officer Aaron Hess Tuesday in White Plains, N.Y.
For the first time since Easton native DJ Henry was shot and killed by a New York police officer nearly two years ago, the Henry family lawyer will have an opportunity to question the man who did the shooting.
Aaron Hess, the Pleasantville, NY police officer who shot and killed DJ Henry on Oct. 17, 2010, will be the first to give deposition for a civil lawsuit filed by the family.
"It’s a case I’ve spent a great deal of time and energy on and I think for good reason," Henry family attorney Michael Sussman said on a conference call Friday afternoon. "And, it’s very, very important that we understand from his perspective what he did, and what he didn’t do, and why he did what he did."
DJ Henry, a football player at Pace University and Oliver Ames High School graduate, was killed leaving a bar in New York when Hess shot him through his car windshield. While friends and family assert Hess stepped in front of the vehicle, Hess has previously stated through his lawyer that Henry's car was accelerating towards him.
A Grand Jury in Westchester County, NY failed to indict Hess in criminal court.
"Mr. Hess has never testified in any quasi-public forum before with regards to the allegations for this case, so we view this as a fairly important event," Sussman said. "His story was assembled by an attorney a number of months ago, but really that’s the only semblance of information we have directly from him other than some audios."
In addition to the civil lawsuit filed by the Henry family, seven peers of Danroy "DJ" Henry have filed lawsuits against Hess, along with the case's associated municipalities and several local officials.
Hess' deposition will be made Tuesday at 10 a.m. at a Federal Court in White Plains, NY and could take several days, Sussman said.
Sussman said the transcripts would be made available to the public within a few weeks. He had previously made available documents associated with an investigation conducted by Mount Pleasant, NY Police Department.
"We will make available when we get the transcripts so people will be able to see what this gentleman’s account is of what he did," Sussman said.