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The Examiner featured about 200 Pace University student-athletes in "Pace Athletes March for Racial Justice and Remember DJ Henry"

08/31/2020

The Examiner featured about 200 Pace University student-athletes in "Pace Athletes March for Racial Justice and Remember DJ Henry"

About 200 Pace University student-athletes marched from the Pleasantville campus to the Thornwood Town Center Sunday afternoon, calling for racial justice and an end to police brutality against people of color.

Holding signs and chanting slogans, the diverse group of athletes ended the walk with a rally where Danroy (DJ) Henry, a Black 20-year-old Pace student and a member of the school’s football team, was shot and killed by a Pleasantville police officer nearly 10 years ago.

Carlton Aiken, quarterback for the Pace University football team, said the captains of all of the school’s sports teams collectively agreed not to practice last Thursday, the day after six NBA teams and several Major League Baseball teams decided against playing following the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisc.

“We sat out of practice, so we didn’t want to sit by and do nothing, we wanted to be seen and heard and what better way to be seen and heard than walking to where a tragic event had happened to someone on our campus and one of our fellow athletes,” Aiken said.

Several students said that since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May and last week’s incident involving Blake, an increasing number of Pace students have become increasingly aware of what happened to Henry in the early morning hours of Oct. 17, 2010.

“I know that some people know the basics of the story but they don’t know the details and they don’t know all the ins and outs,” said Blair Wynn, a 2015 Pace graduate and a current assistant football coach. “A lot of stuff is not discussed as it should be, as it needs to be, if you ask me.”

Henry was behind the wheel of a car parked in the fire lane next to the curb with two friends, out celebrating after a game with teammates. Meanwhile, a fight had broken out outside the old Finnegan’s Bar & Grill in the Town Center. A Mount Pleasant police officer asked that Henry move his car, and when he did Pleasantville Police Officer Aaron Hess walked in front of the vehicle and shot through the windshield. Hess was then propelled onto the hood of the car. Henry died a short while later.

A grand jury failed to indict Hess several months later. Henry’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the officer and the Village of Pleasantville, settling in 2016 for about $6 million.

Some of the marchers also called for authorities to reopen the case in hopes of investigating and trying Hess for Henry’s death. Earlier this summer a change.org petition was launched with a goal of collecting 500,000 signatures. As of Sunday, more than 352,000 names are on the petition.

Read the full Examiner article.

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News12 featured Pace University in "Pace athletes organize march from campus to spot where DJ Henry was fatally shot"

08/31/2020

News12 featured Pace University in "Pace athletes organize march from campus to spot where DJ Henry was fatally shot"

Hundreds of Pace University student athletes took to the streets Sunday afternoon for a peaceful protest. The students say they are demanding justice for an unarmed Black Pace University football player who was shot by a white police officer 10 years ago. The Teller Reports writes about where some big name Hollywood stars went to school and Pace gets a mention.

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News12 featured Hundreds of Pace University student athletes in "Pace University student athletes march in honor of Black football player shot by police in 2010"

08/31/2020

News12 featured Hundreds of Pace University student athletes in "Pace University student athletes march in honor of Black football player shot by police in 2010"

Hundreds of Pace University student athletes took to the streets Sunday afternoon for a peaceful protest. The students say they are demanding justice for an unarmed Black Pace University football player who was shot by a white police officer 10 years ago. The Teller Reports writes about where some big name Hollywood stars went to school and Pace gets a mention.

Watch the News12 clip.