There are some fair, balanced news accounts about the fiasco involving McKinney City Councilman La’ Shadion Shemwell. Short version: Councilman speeds and gets a ticket, which he refuses to sign. Then he gets arrested after repeated requests to sign. Councilman cries racial bias.
But there’s a twist to the story. CAMERA!
Knowing there’s a camera and being cautioned by the mayor not to say more until the video is reviewed, Shemwell keeps flapping his lips about being mistreated. Then he sees the video. His story changes or at least he owns up to his behavior, which he had left out of his first version of this story. But apparently not able to put toothpaste back in the tube, he keeps squeezing. Somehow he weaves a justification into this actions saying he won’t stop speaking truth to power.
Huh? What truth?
I would invite the reader to figure out all by yourself where the truth is.
Here’s what we know. Councilman Shemwell’s version of the truth was clear and unwavering, chocked full of defiance, and then only slightly modified in light of a true video.
But the real story of truth is embedded in this question: what if there had not been a video? Even the most shallow imagination can figure out where Shemwell’s truth was heading. The police officer would have been painted as a full-fledged member of the Gestapo. Perhaps a gun would have been shoved into Mr. Shemwell’s throat.
Hey, when it’s a he said-he said, why not get creative?
But then there’s that damn camera!
I believe the true Mr. Shemwell has been revealed. He’s pretty crafty with his words, and apparently he is still trying to turn this story around as recent as last night. He’s a failure as a spinmeister.
I thought I knew the real Shemwell. See my blog where I had nothing but praises for him.
I think we all know the real Mr. Shemwell now. He is an embarrassment for the City of McKinney and has caused unnecessary damage. If he cared for the City, he would resign and let someone else lead in his place. Someone who acts like the camera is always on, even if it is not. LFM