Outside Investigation Launched In Arrest Of Miss Black Texas

COMMERCE (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — An East Texas city has asked a law firm to investigate the arrest of Miss Black Texas 2016 after she and officers gave differing accounts of an incident.

Carmen Ponder says police in Commerce arrested her Saturday after a confrontation with a motorist who made a racist and sexist comment toward her. Ponder identified the driver as Police Chief Kerry Crews.

The pageant winner says officers arrested her as she left a Wal-Mart and told her to apologize to Crews, which she refused. The young woman was charged with evading arrest or detention and held in the Hunt County Jail overnight.

The city says, in a statement issued Thursday, that Crews was shopping off-duty and responded to the incident, but wasn’t driving the truck.

With each side telling a different story about what happened, officials in the City of Commerce issued a statement that said, in part –

“Since the incident there have been a number of statements made about the details of the incident, and many of these details do not align with the statements provided by Chief Crews and the responding officer. As such, the City is engaging an outside entity to conduct an investigation into the incident to objectively review and determine the acts.”

Chief Crews has been placed on leave during the investigation.

Ponder’s attorney says she may have misidentified the driver, but was still wrongfully arrested.

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One Comment

  1. Who is the Miss White Texas?

    1. Jeff Drake says:

      How dare you ask such a question. That’s just racist. Everyone knows that any group can have their own private event, award, gathering, etc which excludes all other races, ethnic groups, genders, etc. as long as it is not a white thing.

  2. Jeff Drake says:

    “Ponder’s attorney says she may have misidentified the driver, but was still wrongfully arrested.”
    Wow, you go road raging with someone out on the street, mis-identify the person as the police chief, then play the race card. Maybe there’s am underlying reason she couldn’t win the real Miss Texas competition.

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