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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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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