Some McKinney residents are seeking to oust La’Shadion Shemwell from his post on the city council, alleging that he hasn’t upheld his oath of office, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Shemwell said the effort to remove him is akin to voter suppression, telling the newspaper, “This is white supremacy in the form of good ol’ boys: ‘Do what we do, or else.’ ”
Shemwell, elected in 2017, is only the second black person to serve on the McKinney council.
The recall effort began in November. Its organizers must get the signatures of 2,127 registered city voters by early January to spark a recall election in May, the Morning News reported.
Shemwell has been at the center of several controversies during his two years in office, including calling for a “Black State of Emergency” in Texas in October, urging blacks not to travel to the state after a series of police shootings.
He alleged that state and local governments had “declared war on black and brown citizens by conspiring to kill, injure, oppress, threaten and intimidate, and to willfully deprive citizens of their constitutional rights while acting under color of law,” WFAA reported.
The recall petition argues that such comments violate the city’s ethics code and could hurt McKinney’s economic development.
“This false narrative violated the trust and support of the residents of McKinney,” the recall group said in its affidavit.
Shemwell told the Morning News that Mayor George Fuller has tried to discredit him since his election. Fuller told the newspaper that Shemwell has made numerous false statements about the local police department and government officials.
Shemwell accused a McKinney officer of racial profiling when he was pulled over for speeding last year. After Shemwell refused to sign a citation, the officer arrested him. Body camera footage of the incident showed that Shemwell was argumentative with the officer during the stop and he voted to censure himself for the accusation of racial profiling, the Morning News reported.