A Texas police chief has been cleared of racial allegations in the arrest of the 2016 Miss Black Texas US Ambassador last month, but her attorney says the city’s investigation missed the point.
Carmen Ponder, a 23-year-old pre-law student at Texas A&M University – Commerce, was arrested and charged with evading arrest in a “road rage” incident between her and a man she initially believed was Commerce police Chief Kerry Crews. She later acknowledged she may have mistaken Crews for someone else.
The city said Crews had been shopping at Wal-Mart when he became involved with the dispute between Ponder and the man, and that she was arrested when she failed to comply with Crews’ requests.
Crews was placed on administrative leave while law firm Lynn, Ross and Gannaway conducted an independent review of the incident.
The investigation concluded that there was no evidence that Crews made any racial statements, or that Ponder’s arrest was racially motivated, according to a statement from the city of Commerce obtained by KXAS-TV (NBC5).
Crews was also not involved in the dispute and there was “no way” his daughter would have been driving illegally, the statement said.
“While there may be additional items for consideration and possible recommended action, race-based claims will not be a factor,” the statement said.
SOURCE: Claire Z. Cardona