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THORNWOOD — Pace University football player Danroy “D.J.” Henry was drunk, with a 0.13 percent blood-alcohol level, when he was shot dead by police while driving from a bar early Sunday, a law enforcement source told The Journal News on Friday.
A couple of students who were with the 20-year-old that night said he had just left Finnegan’s Grill, was the designated driver at the time and had not been drinking. A lawyer for the Henry family also said he was sober.
The blood-alcohol results from the Westchester County Medical Examiner’s Office, which conducted the autopsy, contradict that claim. The legal threshold for driving while intoxicated in New York is 0.08, and the legal drinking age is 21.
Henry’s family and their lawyers told a Boston television station that the release of the alcohol level seemed to be an attempt to sway public opinion against the student and, even if he had been drinking, it was no reason for the police to shoot him.
At a memorial rally where about 40 Pace students stood in front of the Westchester County Center late Friday with white balloons, several got upset when told Henry was allegedly drunk when shot by police.
“It’s not true!” some yelled.
Christine Leone, a Pace junior, said later that she stood by her statement this week that “he was with me the whole night and wasn’t even drinking.”
The news surfaced shortly after Bonita Zelman — a lawyer representing one of Henry’s passengers, Desmond Hinds, and four football players who were arrested in the shooting’s aftermath — held a news conference repeating her accusations of police brutality, excessive force and wrongful arrest.
Zelman called for the state Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Justice Department to take over the investigation, saying Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore should not let police officers “who brutalized people at the scene carry out the investigation.”
Reacting Friday night to the toxicology results, she said she found the timing of the release suspicious.
Mount Pleasant police Chief Louis Alagno answers questions during a news conference at Mount Pleasant Town Hall on Friday about the medical response following the fatal shooting of Pace University football player Danroy “D.J.” Henry. (Xavier Mascareñas/The Journal News)