Selectmen Vote to Support Henry Family in Seeking Federal Investigation
The Board of Selectmen unanimously voted to draft a letter.
Nearly two months after Easton native DJ Henry was shot and killed by police outside of a bar in Thornwood, N.Y., officials in the town of Easton are getting involved in the family's campaign asking for a federal investigation.
Despite being short two members Monday night (Ellen Barlow and Sean Noonan were not present), the Easton Board of Selectmen voted to draft a letter to the Department of Justice asking for a federal investigation after the family requested the board do so.
"I hope you know as representatives of the community, we would like to express our sorrow for the loss of your son," Board of Selectmen Chair Colleen Corona said. "My condolences to your family. It's been an aweful situation."
The family of Henry, along with its lawyer, Michael Sussman, has claimed that the New York District Attorney cannot objectively investigate because of ties with local police.
"We're hoping that you'll join our call to the justice department," Henry's father Danroy Henry Sr. said while asking the board. "We just find there to be too many conflicts for this department to do it themselves."
Selectman John Haederle, who said he grew up close to the shooting in Thornwood, said he supported drafting a letter "whole heartedly." He said that if it were the same circumstances in Massachusetts, the State Police would already be involved.
The family has raised questions about the investigation, questioning whether or not autopsy results, which showed a .13 blood alcohol content, were tampered with.
In statements last week, Henry's father Danroy Sr. said he was sure his son was not drunk, based on interviews and investigations the family had conducted through Sussman. He said questions regarding the autopsy report added more reason for a federal investigation.
The board of selectmen and town administrator David Colton said they supported the Henrys' efforts.
"I'd be happy to help in drafting any letter to the Attorney General," Colton said. "I find this to be really a conflict of interest. It's not something (the District Attorney) should be doing."