Man Who Killed Student Gets ‘Officer of the Year’ Award

April 14, 2011  |  

By Charlotte Young

And the award for killing a student goes to…Officer Aaron Hess!!

Congratulations. We can’t believe it.

Officer Hess of the Pleasantville Police Department was awarded Office of the Year by the Police Benevolent Association despite the controversy surrounding his actions that resulted in the death of 20-year-old Danroy Henry, a Pace University football player.

The Associated Press reports that on October 17, Officer Hess responded to a disturbance in Westchester County at a bar after Pace’s homecoming game. As Henry drove away from the disturbance, Officer Hess shot at his car because, he says, Henry’s car hit him. There are some witnesses that believe otherwise.

The police union said they still consider Officer Hess an outstanding officer regardless of the disputed report. The award, they said, is to honor the officer “for his dignity and professionalism since the October shooting” as well as the entirety of the career.

Henry’s father called the award “insensitive and arrogant.”

“Some people see themselves above the law and above human dignity,” he said.

A grand jury cleared Officer Hess of criminal wrongdoing, but the Justice Department is still checking the case for civil rights violations.

 

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