Investigation Into Teen Shot By MPD Officer Might Get Another Look

Investigation Into Teen Shot By MPD Officer Might Get Another Look

The controversial shooting death of 15-year-old Justin Thompson by a Memphis Police officer last September could soon get a new look.
Memphis, TN -- The controversial shooting death of 15-year-old Justin Thompson by a Memphis Police officer last September could soon get a new look.

State Representative Karen Camper (D-Memphis) says there is talk in Nashville of demanding the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation hand over its case file related to the shooting death of Justin Thompson.

Thompson was shot and killed by Terrance Shaw, who was off-duty at the time. Shaw said Thompson was trying to rob him. 

Ever since Thompson's death, his mom Shirley Thompson has demanded answers. Neighbors say Thompson and several family members brought teddy bears and new flowers to the site where Thompson was shot.

She told us in April she still struggles with his death.

"I miss his cooking, I miss him just being around," she said.

After Thompson's death, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looked into the case, ultimately handing over their investigation to Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich. Weirich declined to prosecute Shaw, citing a lack of evidence.

Camper says a criminal justice subcommittee could demand the TBI hand over its case file. 

"The legislature can request certain information from them," said Representative Jonnie Turner (D-Memphis). 

Turner says she's heard talk in Nashville of looking into Thompson's death. She says she supports transparency in most cases.

"I believe because the more the public knows, the more they trust those who are giving the information," Turner said. "I also recognize there are some instances where it would reveal greater harm to reveal information."

Camper says don't expect a quick decision on this. She says lawmakers would have to pass a resolution first, and the earliest lawmakers would consider that is January.
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