PORTLAND, Maine – Authorities in Massachusetts say a Maine police officer accused officers of racial profiling as they arrested her for pushing through a concert crowd and refusing to leave after being asked dozens of time.
Worcester police arrested 24-year-old Portland officer Zahra Munye Abu on Saturday night at a Ja Rule and Ashanti concert.
The Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports that police say Abu was escorted out after she grabbed the head of security by the front of his shirt. She was charged with misdemeanours, including assault and battery, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
Abu is the first Somali immigrant to become a Maine police officer. Portland police say she is on paid administrative leave.
Worcester police say they don’t know if Abu has a lawyer. Several phone calls and emails to Abu and family members weren’t immediately returned.
This story has been corrected to show that Abu is 24, not 26.