US Senator Scott Brown says he wants a thorough investigation of the shooting of Danroy Henry, the Pace University student from Easton who was killed by police in Mt. Pleasant, N.Y., over the weekend.
"We're going to ask for an investigation, obviously a thorough investigation, because, you know, you have a kid who's a star football player from this area. Good kid, no record, nothing. And to end his life under these circumstances, I think it's important to get the facts and get them quickly," he said on the Dennis and Callahan show on WEEI-AM.
It wasn't clear from Brown's remarks whether he was urging a thorough investigation by the team of New York State Police and local officers already investigating the case, along with the Westchester County district attorney, or suggesting that some other agency get involved.
He said he would make an "official request for an investigation to make sure everything passes the smell test."
"We are in the process of working with the family. They just want answers," he said.
Brown said Henry, who was neither drinking nor on drugs, was the designated driver picking up others at the bar where the shooting occurred. Henry had swung around to pick up some people and was parked in the fire lane when an officer knocked on his window.
"He took off, thinking they wanted him to move, apparently," Brown said.
He said he wanted to know if police handled the incident correctly and "If there could have been another way to do it, we need to know that as well."
Mount Pleasant Police Chief Louis Alagno, said, “He has communicated with me and I assured him it will be a complete, thorough and impartial investigation.”
The parents of Henry, 20, have hired a civil rights lawyer to probe the death, which happened at a bar in Mount Pleasant, and authorities in New York have promised an impartial investigation, the Globe reported this morning.
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