Pharrell, Rihanna, JAY-Z and Mary J. Blige are among a group of celebrities demanding justice for Danroy "DJ" Henry, a Black student at Pace University who was fatally shot by a white police officer in 2010.
In a letter addressed to U.S. Attorney General William Barr, first reported by Page Six, the group ask the Department of Justice to reevaluate whether discrimination played a role in Henry's death, and if it did, to "deliver the justice that restores this young man's reputation, while giving hope to other young Black men who are just like him and desperate for change."
On Oct. 17, 2010, police were called to respond to a fight outside a Westchester County sports bar where Henry, a 20-year-old college football player, was out celebrating with his teammates. According to news reports at the time, Henry was unarmed and in his car when officer Aaron Hess approached him. At that point, Hess claimed that Henry sped towards the officer in his car, at which point Hess shot Henry.