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Jay-Z, Rihanna sign letter demanding justice for Danroy ‘DJ’ Henry Jr.

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Jay-Z, Rihanna sign letter demanding justice for Danroy ‘DJ’ Henry Jr.

The two stars are among a list of famous names calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to re-investigate the death of 20-year-old college student Danroy ‘DJ’ Henry, who was shot and killed by a white police officer a decade ago.

Jay-Z and Rihanna have added their star power to a list of famous names who are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen a case from 2010. The musicians are urging U.S. Attorney General William Barr to re-examine the death of 20-year-old college student Danroy ‘DJ’ Henry, who was shot and killed by a white police officer ten years ago.

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Jay-Z and Rihanna are among the list of famous names who are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to reopen a case from 2010. The musicians are urging U.S. Attorney General William Barr to re-examine the death of 20-year-old college student Danroy ‘DJ’ Henry, who was shot and killed by a white police officer ten years ago.

In a letter sent on Monday to Barr, Page Six is reporting that Jay-Z and Rihanna, along with Pharrell Williams, Charlize Theron, Taraji Henson, Odell Beckham Jr., Michael Williams, Kerry Washington, Mary J. Blige and Gabrielle Union urge the Attorney General to reopen the case in order to see whether a ‘pattern of discrimination’ led to Henry’s death. “If it did — deliver the justice that restores this young man’s name and reputation, while giving hope to other young black men who are just like him and desperate for change,” reads the letter. “The facts support this request, the law all but requires it, and justice — it demands it.”

On October 17, 2010, police were called to a bar near Pace University in Westchester County, New York after a fight spilled out onto the street. Henry was in the driver’s seat of his car with his best friend when police arrived. Police reports state that Henry sped off after Officer Aaron Hess knocked on his window. Hess said that he stepped in front of Henry’s car and Henry drove into the officer, who claims he grabbed onto Henry’s hood for safety and fired shots into the car, which killed the college student. The second officer on the scene, Ronald Beckley, fired at Hess, not realizing that the person on top of the vehicle was his fellow officer. Hess was part of the K9 unit and was wearing a black sweater on the night of the shooting.

According to the Henry family lawyer, Henry was slowly driving through the parking lot when Hess lunged at his car and jumped on the hood, firing into the windshield. Hess killed Henry and injured his friend Brandon Cox, who was sitting in the passenger seat.

According to the Henry family lawyer, Henry was slowly driving through the parking lot when Hess lunged at his car and jumped on the hood, firing into the windshield. Hess killed Henry and injured his friend Brandon Cox, who was sitting in the passenger seat.