New coalition seeks justice in case involving Darrius Stewart - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

New coalition seeks justice in case involving Darrius Stewart

Darrius Stewart (Source: Facebook) Darrius Stewart (Source: Facebook)

Family and friends of 19-year-old Darrius Stewart, who was shot and killed by a Memphis Police Department officer, held a news conference Monday looking for answers.

MPD officer Connor Schilling shot and killed Stewart in July. Schilling remains on paid administrative leave while the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation investigates.

"Thirty-one days with no updates or announcement," said Pastor Earl Fisher who (with a group of pastors, civic leaders, and supporters) announced the beginning of Memphis Grassroots Organization Coalition.

"Where are you in the investigation? It doesn't take 12 months to figure out what happened," agreed coalition organizer Tami Sawyer. "There should be action. Officer Schilling should not be on the police force."

The coalition wants more transparency from TBI and updates on the case, perhaps even on a weekly basis.

“Way too long," Anthony Anderson said. "We need to look at this seriously. We need to open this back up.”

"That these updates be provided at least once per week via written statements and/or press conferences until an indictment is handed down or the investigation reaches it legal conclusion," Pastor Fisher added.

The group wants the Memphis Civilian Review Board beefed up. Criticism in the past centered on belief that the review board did not have the power needed to investigation police abuse.

Cell phone video shows a fight that happened between Stewart and Officer Schilling before the shooting. It is important to note, the behavior of Officer Schilling and Stewart during the traffic stop remains unknown. Also, Stewart did have active warrants out for him in Iowa related to charges that he sexually abused two people under the age of 12 (Stewart was 13 years old when the charges were filed).

Grieving family members and supporters plan to be at City Hall Tuesday to protest and demand action from the city council.

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