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Justin's mom upset DA didn't charge Shaw

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Shirley Thompson plans to hire an attorney to investigate her son's killing after the Shelby County District Attorney won't press charges against Memphis Police Officer Terrence Shaw.

Shaw shot and killed her son, 15-year-old Justin Thompson, in September 2012 while off-duty near the Parkway Village area.

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"I just, I pray, every night," she said. "I'm just going to continue to pray until I get justice for him. It's been real hard, been tough, have to wait four months and this is what you decide, it's been hard."

Thompson wants the officer to spill the truth, along with local leaders. She questions who's calling the shots, since she says District Attorney Amy Weirich fingers Police Director Toney Armstrong.

"She said, 'Toney Armstrong made the decision.' She was like, 'she didn't have nothing to do with the decision,'" the victim's mother said.

Shaw maintains he defended himself in a robbery attempt and DA Weirich says the case lacked the evidence to convict.

"No, I don't buy that, don't buy that at all because I think I do have enough witnesses to take it to a grand jury," Thompson said.

"He died actually in my brother's arms," said Valerie Webber, Thompson's old neighbor.

Webber says it's unfair the officer won't be held accountable for a tragedy that's suspended her neighborhood.

"It's just emotional this whole neighborhood hasn't been same since, those bears have been sitting there nobody's moved them," Webber said. "People still come by and I go check the mail and kids just come up and they jug each other, just reminisce."

Thompson says officer Shaw looked for trouble that tragic night, then spotted her son. But Police Director Armstrong says Justin was heading down the wrong path.

"How was he headed down the wrong way, do you know something I don't know?," said Thompson.

Thompson, who's a cancer patient, said her late son Justin used to care for her during treatments. Now, she's determined to protect his memory and keep his case alive.

Thompson says she hopes to meet with Director Armstrong and Mayor A C Wharton on Feb. 4. She says Justin never brought up Officer Shaw's name.
Justin had aspirations to be a music producer.

Thompson is quite disappointed the district attorney's office didn't reach out to her about the decision not to press charges against Officer Shaw. Instead, she found out through news reports of the DA's decision.

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