Stewart family attorney calls Schilling's retirement money 'modern-day lynching'

Stewart family attorney calls Schilling's retirement money 'modern-day lynching'
Schilling sustained minor injuries during his altercation with Darrius Stewart. (Source: TBI)
Schilling sustained minor injuries during his altercation with Darrius Stewart. (Source: TBI)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Memphis police officer Connor Schilling announced his retirement Thursday.

According to City of Memphis officials, he was granted a line of duty retirement, because two doctors said he was not physically or emotionally fit to be a police officer.

Schilling shot and killed 19-year-old Darrius Stewart in July 2015. He was relieved of duty with pay during the investigation. A Shelby County grand jury did not indict Schilling in Stewart's death.

Schilling will receive retirement pay of $1,138.19 twice a month for the rest of his life. The money will come from the City of Memphis.

"We feel this is nothing more than a modern-day lynching. Connor Schilling has been rewarded for killing Darrius Stewart. In 2016 in America that is unacceptable," Stewart family attorney Carlos Moore said. "Shame on the city of Memphis. Shame on Mayor Strickland and his administration."

WATCH: Stewart family's attorney responds to retirement announcement.

Moore expressed Stewart's family's disbelief at the pension board's decision to allow Schilling to retire and receive benefits.

Memphis Police Department Interim Director Michael Rallings clarified that the pension board is a separate entity. Which means MPD did not have anything to do with granting Schilling's retirement.

WATCH: Interim Police Director Michael Rallings explains Schilling's retirement.

Moore said Memphis is still to blame because the mayor and city council appoint people to serve on the pension board. He said the board is made up of current and former city employees.

Before his retirement, Schilling was awaiting an administrative hearing for not following protocols during the night Stewart was shot and killed.

When asked if Schilling found a loophole in the system that allowed him to to get money out of the city instead of being fired, Rallings said no. Rallings defended his department's work and said it was not his place to make speculations.

"The only thing I can do is deal with the facts," Rallings said. "At the end of the day, the board granted his line of duty retirement."

Rallings also pointed out that civil legal suits are still pending against Schilling, and the Department of Justice has been asked to investigate the case.

During the press conference, Rallings stressed that his heart was with all victims of violent crime in Memphis. He said there had been 60 homicides in Memphis in 2016 and two of those involved police officers.

"Anytime someone loses a life, it's a tragic circumstance," Rallings said. "I cannot imagine what it's like to be Darrius Stewart's mother and the pain that the family is feeling."

Schilling was with the Memphis Police Department for more than three years, nine months.

His retirement will go into effect April 1.

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