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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Jan 28, 2019
A federal judge has removed the city of Memphis as a defendant in the civil lawsuit filed by the family of 19-year-old Darrius Stewart, who was fatally shot by Memphis Police officer Connor Schilling in 2015, The Daily Memphian reports. U.S. District Court Judge Hardy Mays granted the city’s request for summary judgment last week, ruling the plaintiffs had failed to cite sufficient evidence that “the city’s policies and customs caused Stewart’s constitutional injury.” Schilling shot Stewart twice during a traffic stop. A Shelby County grand jury declined to indict Schilling on criminal charges, despite a recommendation from Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich that he be charged with voluntary manslaughter.