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Sunday, July 09, 2017

Backlash after the May 20 arrest of Carmen Ponder, the 2016 Miss Black Texas U.S. Ambassador, has led to the resignation of the Commerce Police Chief Kerry Crews and Commerce ISD school board trustee Michael Beane. ... The afternoon of May 20, Ponder -- a 23-year-old pre-law student at Texas A&M at Commerce -- was involved in an traffic-related incident with someone she initially identified as Crews. Later, she would clarify that it was Beane who approached her at Walmart. Ponder said that Beane had cut her off as he attempted to teach his 14-year-old daughter to drive. When Ponder pointed out that the teenager should not be driving, Beane allegedly called her a "black bitch" (the police report only says "bitch").


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During the confrontation, Beane spotted Crews, who was off-duty and in plain clothes, in the Walmart parking lot, and told him about the incident. Crews ordered Ponder to answer his questions. She refused. According to media reports, Crews wanted Ponder to apologize.

There's video of what happened next.

"I felt it was something I could handle," he wrote. "I was wrong." Crews explained that he became "emotional" because he was "unprepared for the response" from Ponder, who he felt was disrespectful of his position as the police chief, "as a result of being off-duty."


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Texas A&M at Commerce was East Texas State Univ when I went there. I see the cops aren't any smarter now than then... but hey, the city made up a new job for him.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-09 01:46 AM | Reply

Early mid 70's? Electric Circus?

#2 | Posted by et_al at 2017-07-09 01:56 AM | Reply

Nickel Beer Wed at the Showdown downtown, upstairs pool room looking down on the bar....Ice House (frat bar, never went there) but, yeah.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-09 01:58 AM | Reply

that letter looks like he quit because couldn't brutalize her.


she should got that question on tape. inability to articulate that and ... you can go.

#4 | Posted by ichiro at 2017-07-09 02:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Went to a place in downtown once. Don't remember the name. Only went to two so Ice House is out.

My regret is driving by "Electric Circus" and seeing "ZZ Top" on the marquee and thinking WTF is that? My next shot was '76 or 77, Denver. I and friends had a tickets. Alas, the Army suddenly decided we should go down range and play GI Joe. Sad.

#5 | Posted by et_al at 2017-07-09 02:44 AM | Reply

We got high with Gordon Lightfoot at a party after a concert in the mid-seventies in Commerce. But there weren't a lot of big names that played there. I remember the name Electric Circus, but not being in the bar.

I do remember that even in the 70's larger next door town Greenville had still had a sign on the highway that read: "Home of the Blackest Land and the Whitest People."

I guess I became an Aggie retroactively when A&M took over the campus some years ago.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-09 02:59 AM | Reply

"Home of the Blackest Land and the Whitest People."

Yes, on the interstate. I saw it too. Glad it's gone. So too the ejection of this official.

I too became an Aggie when they entered a partnership with my law school. It pissed of the the legislature. Aggie/Longhorn chit. What was ain't.

#7 | Posted by et_al at 2017-07-09 04:17 AM | Reply

Winning friends and influencing people.

#8 | Posted by fresno500 at 2017-07-09 07:20 AM | Reply

He resigns to take a new higher-paying position created just for him. This whole thing makes Commerce look like a bunch of corrupt good ol' boys.

Cops who think You Pissed Me Off is an arrestable offense have no business wearing the badge. This woman did nothing wrong.

#9 | Posted by rcade at 2017-07-09 08:07 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

...Crews explained that he...was "unprepared for the response" from Ponder, who he felt was disrespectful of his position as the police chief...

Says it all right there. In the Police state, it's illegal to treat a cop like everyone else.

#10 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-07-09 08:22 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Texas A&M at Commerce was East Texas State Univ when I went there. I see the cops aren't any smarter now than then... but hey, the city made up a new job for him.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-07-09 01:46 AM

but you're still an AGGIE...


sorry...couldn't resist...have several colleagues who also went to EAST TEXAS STATE U.

#11 | Posted by afkabl2 at 2017-07-09 10:48 AM | Reply

Yep abuse of power if nothing else but the whole thing smacks of racism. The investigation seems per usual convenient enough too...

#12 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-07-09 10:51 AM | Reply

Black girl points out white crime, gets arrested.

#13 | Posted by bored at 2017-07-09 11:16 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Imagine how far ahead we would be as a country if there was equality....

It's really unfortunate we have so far to go

#14 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-07-09 06:46 PM | Reply

Texas, just secede already!!!!

#15 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-07-09 08:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#15 | Posted by aborted_monson, Why secede? When we can take over.

#16 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-07-10 02:07 PM | Reply

NWA had it right twenty-plus years ago . . . Fxxx The Po-lice! Steroid-addled racists are what presents as the nation's police. Oddly, I am seeing KKKops of all races presenting with bumped-up musculature that can only come from hitting the juice.

#17 | Posted by john47 at 2017-07-10 02:29 PM | Reply

#16 DOCNJO - No, no; take Florida with you when you go! Mexico wants NOTHING to do with Texas, so that ship has sailed.

#18 | Posted by john47 at 2017-07-11 01:47 PM | Reply

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