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Residents, city leaders push for a more effective Citizen Law Enforcement Review Board

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

In the wake of the officer-involved shooting death of 19-year-old Darrius Stewart, some state lawmakers are pushing for change.

Some leaders want the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to be able to respond to all officer-involved shootings in the state, effective immediately.

"Put something in place, so we don't have families sitting, waiting for an investigation," said Representative G A Hardaway.

Meanwhile, a Citzen's Law Enforcement Review Board met Monday.

Police, City Councilmen and residents sat down together to finalize a document to make the now-dismantled committee more effective in Memphis.

"We want police officers protecting our people, and if we're all one accord, we think we're going to have the kind of police department we've been looking for," said Citizen's Law Enforcement Review Board (CLERB) President Ralph White.

Police said that Officer Connor Schilling shot Stewart on Friday, July 17. Some supporters of the board said the shooting may have been prevented if the committee was more active years ago. Then, they could have investigated Schilling's former excessive force complaint.

"There was no CLERB to investigate the 2013 case against him," said supporter Ashley Caldwell.

Police Director Toney Armstrong participated in the meeting.

"We have an ordinance in place," Armstrong said. "I just think we need to give it time to see if it works."

When asked why his department didn't have a more active review board in the past, he said the committee never approached him.

Armstrong added, "I think a lot of the issues and concerns that they have predates my administration."

The review board will finalize their ordinance Wednesday to present to the City Council at their August 4 meeting.

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