Darrius Stewart's father says he forgives Officer Schilling - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Darrius Stewart's father says he forgives Officer Schilling

(Source: MPD) (Source: MPD)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The father of Darrius Stewart forgives the Memphis Police Officer who killed his son, but still wants justice for his son and family.

Officer Connor Schilling has been off the job and getting paid for the last seven months since shooting and killing Stewart during a traffic stop.

WMC Action News 5 has been investigating why its been taking so long to decide if the officer will keep his job or not.

"I'm still trying to get over it," Stewart's father Henry Williams said.

There have been lots of sleepless nights for Darrius Stewart's father.

"I can forgive him, but I still hate that he killed my son though," Williams said.

Video shows Stewart fighting with the officer after a traffic stop last July. Stewart's father said he has growing concerns.

"I'm trying to see why is he on the force? And I don't understand what's going on," Williams said.

Officer Connor Schilling has been off the job, but still collecting a paycheck since the encounter last July.

The WMC Action News 5 Investigators uncovered that Schilling has been receiving $26.27 an hour for 40-hours a week for the past 7-months during his paid suspension. That adds up to $31,524 he's made since the encounter with Stewart.

"He killed my son and he's still getting paid, and I don't think that's right," Williams said.

Ted Hansom often represents police officers when they're on paid leave. He explained the policy for officers on paid leave and how long internal investigations usually take.

"The department will stand clear of it until all the law enforcement investigations are complete," Hansom said.

Late last year, a grand jury chose not to indict Connor Schilling and the TBI has completed its investigation, but now the Department of Justice is still reviewing the case.

Once the feds finish their part, Hansom said it could still take up to 90 days for MPD to make a decision about a possible punishment for Schilling violating administrative charges.

"What if MPD comes out and says he's clean as a whistle and the justice department says no he's not. Now what do you have?" Hansom said. 

It's not clear how long the Department of Justice will take to review the case.

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