UPDATED: McKinney council member La’Shadion Shemwell arrested Dec. 6


Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include comment from Mayor George Fuller and information from the affidavit. 

McKinney City Council member La’Shadion Shemwell was arrested Dec. 6 on suspicion of continuous violence against the family, according to police.

A woman contacted McKinney police about multiple alleged assaults by Shemwell. Shemwell is accused of “bodily injury two or more times within a twelve month period,” according to the affidavit.

The charge is a third-degree felony. Shemwell posted a $21,500 bond, according to Collin County jail documents.

Shemwell was previously arrested May 8 for allegedly speeding and failing to report a change of address or name, according to Collin County jail records.

On May 23 McKinney City Council held a special meeting where council members passed a censure and resolution expressing disapproval of Shemwell’s behavior during the May 8 arrest. A censure expresses severe disapproval.

Shemwell was unavailable for comment.

“I am aware of the charges alleged against Councilman Shemwell and I have full confidence in our police department and the legal process that will adjudicate these charges,” McKinney Mayor George Fuller said in an email to Community Impact Newspaper. “Mr. Shemwell is entitled to due process and, until such time, I will not comment on the facts or persons involved. However, violence against the family is intolerable and anyone convicted of such a crime should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.”

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  1. If you elect a felon… you might suppect that he will commit more crimes…ROFL

    This was predicted.. and people cried racism.

  2. It is clear he tried to label a white police officer of racism. Body cam video from the officer proves that he was playing the race card against the officer who was only doing his job. Without that video to prove he’s a liar, he could continue that lie in public portraying himself a victim.

    Now, when they want him recalled for such racist behavior to law enforcement he gets arrested for domestic violence and they want him out. Again, he’s playing the race card.

    Electing the first black councilman is note worthy. Being second isn’t. Clearly he doesn’t have the honest ethics and morals to hold a public job. He should be removed from the Council to show citizens that race never matters and upholding the law, protecting the citizens and serving is an honor. He is an absolute disgrace.

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Cassidy Ritter
Cassidy graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Journalism and a double minor in business and global studies. She has worked as a reporter and editor for publications in Kansas, Colorado and Australia. She was hired as senior reporter for Community Impact Newspaper's Plano edition in August 2016. Less than a year later, she took the role of editor for the McKinney edition.
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