2nd City Official Resigns Over Clash With Texas Beauty Queen

Carmen S. Ponder Miss Black Texas U.S. Ambassador 2016

COMMERCE, Texas (AP) - An East Texas police chief has resigned nearly two weeks after he was cleared of wrongdoing in the May 20 arrest of Miss Black Texas 2016. Ponder stated that she passed a truck that was driving erratically on her way to the Commerce Walmart. She allegedly started to walk away from the scene after being told to stay. When Ponder refused, she was detained and charged with evading arrest, although the charge was later dropped.

This undated photo provided by the Hunt County Sheriff's Office.

"It was surprising and laughable how although my charges were dropped and everything is coming out right on my side you did this", said Carmen Ponder.

An investigation commissioned by an East Texas city found no wrongdoing in the arrest of Miss Black Texas 2016.

Beane says that news outlets and social media have been "holding the district hostage" in the month since the incident and his involvement was made public.

"I want to make clear that at no point during this scenario did anyone but Miss Ponder make any racial claims", he said.

Carmen Ponder initially accused then-Police Chief Kerry Crews of calling her a 'Black b-tch.' (Images courtesy of FOX4).

"Yes, I owe her an apology", Beane said.


"This is an exciting time to be in Commerce", Crews said in the statement, according to the station.

Crews became involved in the incident as he exited the store, where he was shopping with his family.

Crews was walking out of the Walmart as Beane was walking in, and the two men spoke casually for a bit - about the incident and unrelated matters, Beane explained.

Ponder alleged that Beane cut her off on the road and noted that he was teaching his 14-year-old daughter how to drive.

Crews was not present at a Monday meeting where details of the investigation were released. "It's unfortunate", Beane said on Tuesday.

Several attendees gathered Monday at Commerce's City Hall wearing signs of support for Crews, including T-shirts that read: "I support Kerry Crews". "But he's in the exact same situation I am".

To the surprise of many people, its Police Chief Kerry Crews announced he was resigning from his post. The announcement came at a special meeting of the Commerce ISD board. "This is all skewed now to something else, and it just puts too much of a burden on our district".

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