- from @rustillsleeping
- Carmen S. Ponder, #MissBlackTexasUS.
ambassador 2016 and an intern with the #HuntCounty, #Texas,
District Attorney’s Office, is fighting for #police
accountability and justice after Commerce, Texas, #PoliceChief
Kerry Crews reportedly called her a “ #blackbitch”
and then forced her to spend a night in jail.
The incident, which took place May 20, began when Ponder found herself traveling behind a dangerous driver. Acting as any responsible driver would, Ponder signaled, maneuvered around the driver and continued traveling to her destination.
The driver—who had abruptly stopped several times, drifted in and out of lanes, and accelerated suddenly with no provocation, according to Ponder’s attorney, Lee Merritt—turned out to be Crews’ 14-year-old daughter.
Merritt explained what happened next in a #Facebook
post: Carmen went into #Walmart,
purchased her item and began to return to her car. Crews had called for back up. A plain clothes unidentified officer wielding a badge informed her highness that the man she had pissed off was the chief of police and she had better #apologize!
She declined and continued graciously toward her vehicle. The #cop
grabbed her and shouted you’re not going anywhere, you’re being detained. Carmen complied and used her cell phone to call the police. When they arrived (of course) they spoke with the other officers and was told Carmen was evading arrest (no idea for what) and she was handcuffed and taken into custody. #MissBlackTexas
spent the night in #jail.
Her only #crime
... the color of her skin. Ponder was verbally and physically #assaulted,
and ultimately arrested, because a #racist
white man with a #superioritycomplex,
fragile masculinity and a #badge
decided to show her how little #blackwomen
matter to him and his department.
How dare Ponder not cower before him?
How dare she not apologize and show him deference?
How dare she embarrass him—by doing none of the above—in front of his #whitedaughter,
who is already being taught that white men can do whatever they want, that she is above the #law
and that black women are supposed to do what they’re told? -