MEMPHIS, Tenn., July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --
WHEN: Wednesday – July 13, 2016 – 11am
LOCATION: Shelby County Criminal Justice Courthouse – 201 Poplar Avenue – Memphis TN
CONTACT: Attorney Malik Z. Shabazz – Attorney for Plaintiff Mary Stewart (Mother of Darrius Stewart) and Personal Representative for Estate of Darrius Stewart; and National President for Black Lawyers for Justice [email protected] 301.513.5445
MEDIA INQUIRIES: [email protected]
A multi-million dollar, revealing lawsuit will be filed jointly by the parents of Darrius Stewart, Ms. Mary Stewart and Mr. Henry Williams. On July 11, 2015 124-pound Darrius Stewart was shot in the back and killed by Memphis Police Officer Conner Shilling.
The block-buster lawsuit charges Conner Shilling for violating Darrius Stewart's Constitutional Rights by using excessive force, assault and battery and other serious charges, and will be distributed at the news conference. The City of Memphis and Memphis Police Department are charged with the constitutional violations of deliberate indifference and negligent hiring and training of its officers; Conner Shilling in specific. All the Civil Rights charges contained in the lawsuit stem from the tragic incident of July 17, 2015.
Attorney for Mary Stewart, Malik Z. Shabazz says: "Conner Shilling did not have to shoot and kill little Darrius Stewart. Darrius was frail, small, pleading for his life, and trying to flee from the beating of Conner Shilling; and Shilling gunned him down. Shilling's emotions and possible biases got the best of him. The City of Memphis and their police department have a history of similar mistreatment of African American citizens. Therefore, we must seek justice in the Civil Court because the criminal justice system has so far denied Ms. Mary Stewart the justice that is due for the unjustified taking of her precious son's life. Black Lives Have To Matter."
Attorney Malik Z Shabazz is litigating many of the high profile shooting cases or deaths in custody cases nationwide including: (1) Vernell Bing – Jacksonville (FL) killed on May 22, 2016; (2) Darrius Robinson – Caddo County (OK) – April 4, 2016 – hanged to death by jail guards while in custody in Caddo County Oklahoma Jail; and (3) the Ferguson Protestor Lawsuit – St. Louis (MO).
Mr. Henry Williams is being represented by Carlos Moore, Esq., Murray B Wells, Esq., Arthur Horne Esq. Community leaders and supporters will attend the news conference.
SOURCE Black Lawyers for Justice