Texan who refused to give up rifle during protest acquitted

FILE - In this July 20, 2012, file photo, a row of different AR-15 style rifles are displayed for sale at the Firing-Line indoor range and gun shop in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
FILE - In this July 20, 2012, file photo, a row of different AR-15 style rifles are displayed for sale at the Firing-Line indoor range and gun shop in Aurora, Colo. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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.

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