Darrius Stewart's father reacts to grand jury's decision

Attorney answers questions about grand juries

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Darrius Stewart's father, Henry Williams, said the news of the grand jury's decision not to indict officer Connor Schilling is sickening.

"I just want to see justice for my son because I don't think he deserves to be killed," said Williams.

He's been waiting for some kind of justice for his son since he was killed.

"You take your time trying to indict somebody, but then my son is in the ground. He's been buried long enough, so we should have had justice way before then," said Williams.

Williams has words for the justice system.

"Do better, make justice a little stronger than what you all are doing," said Williams.

His lawyers are now calling for a separate investigation by the Department of Justice, as well as criminal charges for Officer Schilling. They are also pushing for the officer's resignation and/or termination.

"We're saddened and disappointed by the actions of the grand jury," said Arthur Horne, Williams's attorney.

"Surely if the DA thought there was enough evidence for an indictment for manslaughter, this man should not be a paid employee of the city of Memphis," said Carlos Moore, Stewart's father attorney.

The family's lawyers said they're considering all of their options, and moving forward, even a possible lawsuit is not out the question.  They also said they do commend District Attorney General Amy Weirich for pushing for an indictment, but still believe officials should have done more to return an indictment for the officer.   They also support Weirich's push for the TBI findings to be released.

Meanwhile, Stewart's mother was out of town when she got the news Tuesday. Her lawyer spoke on her behalf at a press conference.

"A parent buries a child, it defies the order of how things are supposed to go in this life," said John Keith Perry, Darrius Stewart's mother's lawyer.

As for Darrius Stewart's father, he said he just wants justice.

"It's hard to get over it right now, but I'm trying, but once I see justice I'll feel a whole lot better," said Henry Williams.

Stewart's family and friends are planning a rally for justice.

An administrative hearing to determine Schilling's fate on the force is scheduled for next week. He is still off-duty as of Tuesday night.

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