- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 27, 2017

COMMERCE, Texas (AP) - 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.

Chief Kerry Crews resigned Monday.

Beane acknowledged becoming angry following a traffic altercation with Ponder and following her to a store.

Crews happened to be at the store and intervened. The 23-year-old Ponder was arrested on a charge of evading arrest but it was later dropped.

Crews says in a statement that Ponder was disrespectful and he became “emotional.”

Ponder initially said she was the target of racial and sexist comments.


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