- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (https://bit.ly/2exZRQi ) reports 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.


Information from: Fort Worth Star-Telegram, https://www.star-telegram.com

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