The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) file on the Darrius Stewart case is now open for public viewing on the Shelby County District Attorney's website. The file was ordered open by the Shelby County Chancery Court, despite attempts by Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling to prevent the file from being unsealed.
On July 17th, Schilling stopped the vehicle Stewart was a passenger in. Stewart was placed inside Schilling's patrol car while he checked for warrants. Stewart had warrants, and when Schilling attempted to handcuff Stewart, the officer says the 19-year-old then tried to assault Schilling with his cuffs. Schilling fired his service weapon and struck Stewart, who died later at Regional One Health.
The case was investigated by the TBI, and by law, TBI investigatory files are sealed unless ordered open by a court. Based on the TBI investigation, District Attorney General Amy Weirich recommended to a grand jury that Schilling be indicted for voluntary manslaughter and employment of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, but the jury chose not to indict. Weirich then filed a petition in Chancery Court to have the TBI files opened to the public. Those files were posted on the DA website this morning.
The Flyer is reviewing the large document, which contains police reports and supplements, witness interviews, the medical examiner’s report, forensic results, photographs, and cell phone videos. We'll post an update on our findings soon. For now, here's a link to the report.
Here are the videos released with the case files today:
Stewart and Schilling struggle on the ground:
Stewart and Schilling continue to struggle on the ground:
Witness points camera to (presumably) where Darrius Stewart lies on the ground. "(The) police just shot him twice," the witness says:
Female witness points camera to where (presumably) Stewart lies on the ground. She describes what she saw (strong language):
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