White Memphis officer cleared in shooting of black teen
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The top prosecutor in Memphis says a white police officer has been cleared by a grand jury in the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old black man during a fight at a traffic stop.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich said Tuesday that the grand jury declined to indict the officer despite her recommendation that he be indicted on charges of voluntary manslaughter and employment of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony.
Police said Officer Connor Schilling shot Darrius Stewart on July 17.
Police said Stewart was riding in a car stopped for a headlight violation. Stewart was placed in a squad car while the officer checked on active warrants for him.
Police said Schilling returned to handcuff Stewart after a warrant was verified. Police say Stewart kicked the door and attacked the officer.