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Police in Commerce, Texas, on Tuesday dropped evading arrest charges against a former Miss Black Texas winner who said she was called a derogatory slur and arrested during a racially charged incident on May 20, reports WFAA-TV.

Carmen Ponder, 23,  a paralegal studies major at Texas A&M-Commerce and plans to go to law school after her graduation in December, said she wanted charges “off of her record.” Hunt County Attorney Joel Littlefield filed paperwork saying that “insufficient evidence” was the reason for dismissing the charges after Ponder was arrested by Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews, writes the television news outlet.

Ponder, who won her beauty pageant title last year, said she was followed by an angry motorist into a grocery store parking lot on May 20. The former beauty queen said the motorist referred to her as a “black b***h” as she walked into the store. Upon exiting the store, she said in her initial account, officer Crews, who was dressed in plain clothes, ordered her to apologize to the other driver.

Explaining the incident to police, Ponder also said Crews allowed his 14-year-old daughter to illegally operate a vehicle, reports the New York Daily News.

Results of an independent investigation released Monday by the City of Commerce cleared Crews of Ponder’s allegations, saying there was no evidence of a racially motivated arrest or statement. According to the investigation, Crews also did not let his teen daughter operate a vehicle, notes the News.

Ponder’s attorney, S. Lee Merritt called his client’s arrest “unconstitutional,” echoing many Black Americans who have seen Blacks wrongfully arrested for crimes.

Good thing Ponder had the wherewithal to prevent her legal career from being derailed by a bogus criminal charge, which has sidelined so many people color. We wish her luck in her future endeavors.

SOURCE: WFAA, New York Daily News


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11 thoughts on “Former Miss Black Texas Cleared Of Evading Arrest

    • RENO2AC on said:

      It’s so easy to be bold behind a computer screen. I wish I could meet you in person. You would get a good old fashion 1972 ass whupping. Then, I would go to the trailer park where you grew up and beat your white trash momma’s ass for having you. Too bad your momma does not know who is your daddy because I would cut off his scrotum sac. You have got to be miserable. It’s obvious you have no friends nor a life because you spend waaaay too much time on this site.

  1. Peter once again I’m sorry for the extensive ass whippings you got from the black person when you were a child. I’m sorry he took your lunch money…. but as angry as you are. I think you were beat up by a black girl….

  2. Does not mean she was innocent. An on-duty intake ADA accepted the charges as presented, in order to charge her, so there was merit to the charges. Where is the audio of this alleged slur? She signed a waiver prior to the charges being dropped, agreeing not pursue a civil case.

  3. Good for her!!!!

    Now that POS PIG needs to be FIRED!!!!!
    He pulled her over for some bogus reason–(RACIST)-when she dared to question his actions-he called her out of her name!!!!!!!!!

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