carmen ponder 1 Outside Probe Clears Police Chief In Miss Black Texas Arrest

Carmen Ponder, Miss Black Texas 2016. (credit: Carmen Ponder/Facebook)

COMMERCE, Texas (AP) — An outside investigation commissioned by an East Texas city reports it found no wrongdoing in the arrest of Miss Black Texas 2016.

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

Ponder’s attorney said she may have misidentified the driver, but was still wrongfully arrested. She said officers arrested her as she left a Wal-Mart and told her to apologize to Crews, which Ponder refused.

The Fort Worth law firm Lynn, Ross and Gannaway found no evidence that Crews made any racial statements to Ponder or to anyone else.

Ponder’s attorney, Lee Merritt, says the investigation failed to address Ponder’s allegation that Crews had her arrested illegally.

Crews has been on administrative leave since the allegations surfaced May 25.

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