City Councilman Claims He Was Racially Profiled, Then Bodycam Is Released

La'Shadion Shemwelltold everybody that he was racially profiled during a traffic stop.

McKinney, TX – The McKinney City Council unanimously voted to pass a resolution disapproving of the actions of a black city council member who accused a white police officer of racial profiling over a traffic stop, after the bodycam was released.

City Council Member La'Shadion Shemwell apologized to the city and police after he made the racial profiling claim related to a May 8 traffic stop.

Shemwell was pulled over by Officer K. Wilkerson because Shemwell was allegedly driving 55 mph on a 35-mph stretch. Shemwell was also cited for having an outdated address on his driver’s license.

After Shemwell refused to sign the tickets, Officer Wilkerson arrested him, according to the Dallas Morning News. Shemwell posted bail and was released from jail that night.

Shemwell then accused Wilkerson of pulling him over for "being black with dreadlocks."

In the police officer’s body camera, Shemwell repeatedly refuses to sign the ticket and when asked to step out of his vehicle says twice to the officer, “You better call Chief [Greg] Conley.”

After bodycam showed what happened, Shemwell brought forward a measure to censure himself and voted in favor of it, according to the Dallas Morning News.

"If anybody's going to hold me accountable, I need to hold myself accountable," Shemwell said after the meeting, according to the Dallas Morning News. "I didn't want to put my own council members in a position to pin themselves against me."

"I did not want to have that conversation about racial profiling on a case that involved me. But I'm not going to shy away from having those conversations," Shemwell said.

Mayor George Fuller said the council vote was a difficult but necessary stop for the city.

"We do need to get past it, but you need to get past it from a point of truth," Fuller said in a phone interview before the meeting, according to the Dallas Morning News. "It did happen. We need to deal with it. People have to own it, and then we move forward."

Fuller said the censure only serves as a reprimand and that Shemwell will still serve as a council member and that there would be no further punishment.

The resolution states that elected city officials must demonstrate "respect and integrity." During the traffic stop, Shemwell was "uncooperative and argumentative" toward the police officer, the resolution said Shemwell’s statements and actions "demonstrated a lack of judgment and professionalism."

Comments (14)
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RunCop
RunCop

Another worthless POS 13 % er!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Great job Officer!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

He should be removed from the city council.

Katarina
Katarina

Yet another body cam victory. Facts matter. I have yet to see evidence of racism on the part of police. It is your actions, not the color of your skin, fool. Your skin color does NOT give license to disobey laws. Can you tag racism onto people who make their race look ridiculous? Laws apply to citizens Equally. You don't get a pass

LEO0301
LEO0301

If it wasn't for the body cam this officer would be the one on the hot seat. It doesn't matter that the councilman changed his tune after the video came out. The only reason he did was because he got caught lying and making false allegations. If I was the officer, I would hire a good attorney and talk about filing a slander lawsuit.

John.Brown
John.Brown

La'Shadion?????????????

shooter
shooter

This is another reason I am a firm believer in body cams.

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

It's so funny how BLM and others screamed for body cams to prove racism and fault with LEOs but it has proved the opposite. Now they are wanting all cameras removed because it infringes on their rights! Give me a damn break. When your lies are revealed, you want to change the rules. Smh

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

What is it about people who feel just because they got voted into some public office they are entitled to special treatment and are above the law. It doesn't matter what nationality they are they just feel they are above the law and exempt from following the law. Body cam's have done wonders to disprove all the claims of racism that have been talked about for years.

Cstuartsr
Cstuartsr

Just another case where a body cam cleared the officer. I think these people need to be charged when they are found to be lying about what happened. How can our country unite when there has been so lies told.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

And how is it that the lies are almost always told by African-Americans??!

I_Raped_S_Malone
I_Raped_S_Malone

Certain stories police release the bodycam, certain stories they pay $2million to absolve all responsibility.

smitty195
smitty195

Thank God for body cameras!!! Before this technology was available, I carried a mini-recorder in my uniform shirt pocket. All I had to do was press the Record button (through the shirt, didn't even have to take it out) and that little baby started recording audio of whatever incident I was involved in. That thing cleared me numerous times from phony, fraudulent POS's from trying to ruin my career, my life, and my dream of being a police officer. When I was a new rookie, it took me by surprise that people hated me without even knowing me. But as any cop knows who is reading this, it has nothing to do with who we are as people. As long as we're wearing the uniform and badge, "we're all the same" to these jerks. I'm retired now, but I am not afraid to say that I was a force for GOOD in my little corner of the world. In my jurisdiction, I prevented more victims​ by arresting the bad guys and putting them in prison so that they could not harm anyone else. All of us have done that, yet the first thing we hear from black people is the infamous, "You stopped me because I'm black". I mostly worked mids patrol because I loved working at night. Don't people know that in most cases, WE CAN NOT SEE the color of someone's skin that we pull over??? Even when we light them up with the takedown lights, we STILL can't see who they are until we walk right up to the door and see them. Prior to that, I don't know who I'm stopping. That's why I hated, "You stopped me because I'm black" excuse. My little digital recorder got turned on immediately​ whenever someone said that to me right from the get-go. That alerts me that something is going to happen, and that this person will probably make a phony complaint about me. Yay for body cameras!!!

BLMSUCKS
BLMSUCKS

No sir. Your race had nothing to do with it. I stopped you because you're drunk.