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TBI Releases Full Report on Shooting Death of Memphis Teen

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 800-page report on the death of Darrius Stewart, just one day after the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would investigate his death and practices in the Memphis Police Department. (southernfried/morguefile.com)
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 800-page report on the death of Darrius Stewart, just one day after the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would investigate his death and practices in the Memphis Police Department. (southernfried/morguefile.com)
December 16, 2015

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - One day after the federal government announced it would investigate the police shooting death of a Memphis teen, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released an 800-page report detailing witness statements, information, pictures and videos collected by witnesses.

Included in the report are statements by eyewitnesses who say Officer Connor Schilling shot 19-year-old Darrius Stewart as he turned to run away. U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tenn., called for the Department of Justice to investigate the death in July and said he is glad DOJ will begin its own investigation.

"Nobody should be above the law," he said, "and there needs to be an independent investigation into whether or not the officer used deadly force properly."

Schilling shot Stewart during a July 17 traffic stop in Memphis. The report noted that Stewart resisted arrest and did not comply with Schilling's commands. The Department of Justice will investigate Schilling's use of force in the case to determine if Stewart's civil rights were violated. The DOJ conducted a similar investigation into the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner in New York City. No federal charges were filed in those cases.

Cohen said he hopes the federal probe may shed light on other cases of which he's been made aware where questionable police force was alleged.

"There have been other shootings and killings in Memphis that are certainly questionable," he said. "Police have got a tough job, but a part of their tough job is knowing when to pull the trigger and when not to."

The DOJ is expected to investigate the general practices of the Memphis Police Department.

The TBI report is online at dropbox.com.

Stephanie Carson, Public News Service - TN