US Attorney's Office Reviewing Fatal Shooting

Posted at 8:36 PM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 21:36:12-05

U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III says his office is reviewing a white Memphis police officer's fatal shooting of a black teenager.

The family of 19-year-old Darius Stewart had asked federal prosecutors to step in after a local grand jury declined to indict Officer Connor Schilling. The local prosecutor had recommend charges of voluntary manslaughter and use of a weapon during the commission of a dangerous felony.

Police say Schilling fatally shot Stewart during a fight at a traffic stop on July 17.

Stanton announced the federal review on Monday. He said it was ongoing but declined to answer questions about it.

A judge previously ordered the investigative file be made public, but the announcement that federal authorities are looking into the shooting could put that release on hold.