FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A North Texas man has been acquitted of disorderly conduct-related counts for refusing to give up his rifle during a protest over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black suspect by police.
Jurors Tuesday found LaShadion Shemwell of McKinney not guilty. Arlington police in June arrested Shemwell for disorderly conduct/displaying a weapon in a threatening manner and resisting arrest.
An attorney for Shemwell said the U.S. was founded on protests and his client was exercising his rights.
Shemwell carried an AR-15 during a protest after grand jurors declined to indict an officer in the 2015 fatal shooting of Christian Taylor. Security video showed the black teen, who played college football, vandalizing a car dealership.
The rookie officer, who’s white, was fired after the shooting.