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Posted on May 17, 2012 at 7:08 PM
Updated Friday, May 18 at 10:55 AM

HOUSTON—A trip to a Montgomery County community center landed a World War II veteran behind bars, in part because of the T-shirt he was wearing.

Emmitt Lewis, 86, is a regular at the Lone Star Community Center in the town of Montgomery. It’s a popular hangout for the small town’s senior citizens.

"Usually we go there we play dominos and eat lunch," Lewis said.

That’s what he and his son intended to do earlier this month. They had no idea that early voting was under way inside another room of the building.

Lewis was wearing a Barack Obama T-shirt, which violates polling-place rules. He was asked to change it.

"One man made the mistake of putting his hand on me and shook it," Lewis said.

Lewis wasn’t happy and someone called the police.

Officers arrested Lewis and his son, saying they were disruptive and refused to cooperate.

Disrespect for our elderly and our veterans should not go UN-noticed or just swept under the overstuffed ugly rug. This is in our small towns also referred to as "Real America"

And banishment

Lewis and his son have been banned from the community center, but Shipman hopes to change that. She said he will plead not guilty to the charge against him.
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