TARRYTOWN, N.Y. - Michael Sussman, the lawyer representing the family of DJ Henry, said Thursday morning that Mount Pleasant Police Chief Louis Alagno lied to the public in an attempt to cover up the death of the Pace University student.
"I don't see it as anything other than a deliberate cover up," Sussman said. "These are his people within his department, and the people from his neighboring department."
Alagno was not available for comment Thursday. The press conference was held while Alagno was in his sixth day of depositions for the case.
At the press conference Thursday in Tarrytown, Sussman gave details from Alagno's sworn deposition about what happened after Henry was fatally shot by Pleasantville Police Officer Aaron Hess. In the deposition, Sussman said Alagno admitted to meeting with Mount Pleasant Police Lt. Brian Fanelli in the morning after the shooting, where Fanelli informed him that Mount Pleasant Officer Ronald Beckley shot at Hess while Hess was on the hood of Henry's car with the belief that Hess was the aggressor.
Hours after the meeting, Alagno spoke in a press conference in which he said that Beckley shot at the car because he felt Henry was going to strike him with his car and that his life was in danger.
In the deposition, Alagno said the difference in details was simply an omission.
"At the time I chose not to include that information," Alagno said in the deposition when asked about the details he received regarding Beckley. "It's not my practice to add a great deal of detail."
Sussman said Alagno could have omitted the information in the press conference in a much less convicting way.
"That's what that press conference was about, setting the tone," Sussman said. "His conclusion was already there at 10:30 a.m. the next morning before the investigation even started."
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