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Pace Univ. student Danroy Henry's parents sue officer who shot and killed him

Henry's car was parked in a fire lane outside Finnegan's Grill. When an officer knocked on the window, the car accelerated and the officer wound up on the hood, police said. The car then hit another officer, and shots were fired. Henry was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in his car suffered a minor gunshot wound.
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(CBS/AP) WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - The parents of college football player Danroy Henry Jr. are suing the policeman who shot and killed him, calling the shooting an "unconscionable use of force."

In a complaint to be filed Wednesday afternoon, Danroy Henry Sr. and Angella Henry say the officer violated the civil and constitutional rights of their son, and demand compensation for their son's death and their suffering.

"Our son was wrongfully killed," Danroy Henry Sr. said at a news conference outside their family home. In a statement accompanying the lawsuit, the parents said, "The pain of losing our son so suddenly is insatiable and not only has his absence changed us forever, but his suffering will always haunt us as well."

The Pleasantville officer, Aaron Hess, was cleared of wrongdoing by a grand jury in February. His colleagues recently named him Officer of the Year.

Hess shot Henry through the windshield of Henry's car Oct. 17 as the 20-year-old Pace University student drove away from a disturbance that spilled out of a bar after the Pace homecoming game.

No specific amount of damages was listed in the complaint. Their lawyer Michael Sussman said in January the Henrys would seek $120 million.

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