MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A judge has ordered Tennessee authorities to publicly release the details of their investigation into the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old black man by a white police officer.
Chancellor James R. Newsom III ruled Tuesday that the investigative report on Darrius Stewart's death can be released. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation files are confidential under state law, unless their release is ordered by a court.
Authorities say Officer Connor Schilling tried to arrest Stewart on active warrants during a July 17 traffic stop. Police said Stewart attacked Schilling, and the officer shot Stewart as they struggled.
A local district attorney had recommended charges of voluntary manslaughter and use of a weapon during the commission of a dangerous felony. A grand jury declined to indict Schilling, however.