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Rally held to keep Darrius Stewart's case in the light

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A week after after Darrius Stewart was shot dead by a Memphis police officer, some are fighting to keep his story in the light.

At a rally Friday night, supporters said they plan to make their voices heard so this case gets the attention they said it deserves.

"It's not that I don't believe there can be justice, but I understand the difficulties in trying to get justice for black folks in this country," said local pastor Earle Fisher.

The group is also pushing for police body cameras and a civilian law enforcement review board. They want to see more nationwide support.

"With Sandra Bland going on and the unfortunate killings in the theater in Louisiana last night, there are some concerns that Darrius's case hasn't and won't get much attention."

While the specifics of either Darrius or the officer's behavior during the stop are unknown, TBI continues to investigate whether the shooting was justified.  Meanwhile, some leaders and local activists are calling for the Department of Justice to step in as well.

Memphis City Council member Wanda Halbert said it's time to take a look at why there have been cases where police officers shot Memphis teenagers.

"Something wrong is happening," said Halbert. "Let's put the public's business on the public's table."

Until investigators reveal the full details of the case, many say there will be a climate of distrust.

One aspect of the case has not been ruled out.

"The jury is not out on racial profiling," said Fisher. "The verdict is in, racial profiling is a reality."

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