A Northeast Texas school board member resigned only a day after the police chief quit following a confrontation the two had with Miss Black Texas 2016 while at WalMart.
Commerce, TX board member Michael Beane resigned Tuesday, citing a backlash and threats against him for his role in the May clash with Carmen Ponder, reported KXAN.
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 admitted he became angry after a traffic dispute with Ponder. So he decided to follow her to Walmart.
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. Crews did not attend the Monday night meeting.
Crews happened to be at the store and intervened on the side of the board member before even hearing both sides of the story. He said in a statement that Ponder was disrespectful and he became “emotional.”