Justice Department to discuss review of Stewart shooting
MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Department of Justice says it will discuss its review of the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old black man by a white Memphis police officer at a scheduled afternoon news conference.
U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton plans to address reporters Tuesday afternoon about the federal review of the shooting of Darrius Stewart by Officer Connor Schilling in July 2015.
The Justice Department said in December that it was reviewing the shooting, which sparked peaceful protests in Memphis. Stewart's shooting happened in the months after the deaths of black men in encounters with police in Missouri, New York and other areas that heightened racial tensions.
Police say Schilling shot Stewart during a fight as he was trying to arrest the teen on two active warrants.