Teen Fatally Shot By Memphis Police
A 19-year-old teen is dead after being shot by a Memphis police officer late Friday.
According to WSMV, an MPD officer stopped a vehicle for a broken headlight. The officer issued the driver a ticket and let him go, but the passenger in the car had several warrants for his arrest.
Darrius Stewart, the passenger in the car, was placed in the back seat of the police car to verify the warrants. Officials said when the officer opened the back door to handcuff Stewart, he kicked the door and attacked him. During the fight, Stewart grabbed the officer’s handcuffs and swung them at him, according to police.
The officer grabbed his gun and fatally shot Stewart as a result. Police say the officer had several cuts and bruises from the fight, but did not need medical attention.
He is on administrative leave pending the outcome of this investigation.
“Words can’t express how I feel,” Stewart’s mother said. “If my son attacked this officer, why didn’t he use a taser? There were two officers and only one of my son.”
Family members are demanding answers and said police gave them no information about what happened to Stewart.
They also said he did not have any warrants like police claim.
Stewart’s mother said he was detained by police for the same thing a few months ago, but they let him go due to mistaken identity.
“They told him he could leave because he wasn’t the one they were looking for, but to be safe, because there is someone out there with the same name and a lot of warrants,” she said.
Police said Stewart had a warrant in Iowa that was believed to be for a sex offense and another warrant in Illinois.
Stewart was not handcuffed due to the MPD’s policy of not handcuffing people in the car.
Stewart’s mother said her son was going to attend the University of Memphis in the fall, where he planned to study medicine.
Police said they do not know for sure if the warrants belonged to Stewart. They said they were able to access his name and birth date and find warrants, but could not gather pictures from other agencies.
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