Cue the angry race-baiters…
On Tuesday, a white police officer from Memphis, Tennessee was cleared by a grand jury in the fatal shooting of a 19 year-old black man during a fight at a traffic stop.
It all started on July 17, when Officer Connor Schilling pulled over a car in which Darrius Stewart was a passenger. The car was pulled over for a headlight violation, but Schilling placed Stewart in the back of his cruised unhandcuffed while he checked on outstanding warrants against him.
That’s when things got messy.
According to Daily Mail, Schilling found that there were indeed warrants out on Stewart, so he returned to his vehicle to arrest the young man. It was then that Stewart kicked open the door and attacked the officer, beating him with handcuffs. In order to defend himself, Schilling shot Stewart twice, and the teenager later died at the hospital.
As is routine procedure, Schilling was relieved from his duties pending an investigation.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich had recommended that jurors indict Schilling on voluntary manslaughter and employment of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, but they rejected this proposal. Now, Carlos Moore, an attorney representing Stewart’s father, Henry Williams, is demanding that a civil rights investigation be opened into his son’s death and that Schilling either resign or be fired.
A hearing has been scheduled for no earlier than next week to determine Schilling’s future with the police department.
“A police officer took a young man’s life, no matter what. I hate that it was my son,” Williams said, adding that he was stunned when he heard the grand jury decided not to indict the cop.
“A young man is dead because of a traffic stop. Let’s not forget that,” said Pastor Keith Norman, president of the local NAACP chapter, indicating that protests are coming to Memphis.
We can only hope that Officer Schilling is allowed to continue with the Memphis police department. Clearly, this cop was just doing his job and protecting himself, and he should NOT be fired for this. What was he supposed to do, let the young man beat him and get away?
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