A Northeast Texas school board member has resigned a day after a police chief stepped down following a confrontation the two had with a woman who was Miss Black Texas 2016.
Commerce board member Michael Beane resigned Tuesday, citing a backlash and threats against him for his role in the May clash with Carmen Ponder.
An evading arrest charge against Ponder, a 23-year-old college student, was dropped for what prosecutors say was lack of evidence. She initially had said Chief Kerry Crews was a white driver who made racial and sexist comments after a traffic-related dispute. Authorities later determined a store parking-lot confrontation, after Ponder passed a vehicle, involved another white man teaching his daughter to drive.
Beane acknowledged becoming angry following a traffic altercation with Ponder and following her to a store.
In a statement read to the Commerce City Council Monday, Kerry Crews said he was resigning because of the stress and burden of the job since Ponder’s arrest. KDFW-TV of Dallas and Fort Worth reported that Crews did not attend the Monday night meeting.
Crews happened to be at the store and intervened. He said in a statement that Ponder was disrespectful and he became “emotional.”
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