A Portland, Maine, police officer who was the first Somali police officer in the state has resigned amid an internal affairs investigation stemming from her arrest at Worcester’s Palladium during a Ja Rule and Ashanti concert in January.
Zahra M. Abu, 25, was charged with assault and battery, resisting arrest, trespassing, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace on Jan. 13. She has been on paid administrative leave since, but resigned Sunday before her department could complete an internal affairs investigation, the Portland Press Herald reported.
Worcester police say in court records that Abu physically assaulted people at the club then grabbed the head of security at the concert asking him, “Who the (expletive) are you?”
She was asked to leave the concert several times but refused, even pushing her friend off of her who was pleading with her to leave, according to police.
Officers continued to warn Abu about her behavior and said she was under arrest. Police say she pulled away from the officers while they tried to place her in handcuffs.
While outside, Abu allegedly told a patron police were racial profiling, reports said.
Abu pleaded not guilty to the charges and has remained free on personal recognizance, according to the Press Herald. She was ordered to stay away from the Palladium.
The newspaper reported that Abu became Maine’s first Somali police officer two years ago. She was born in Kenya, where her parents were living in a refugee camp, and moved to Maine when she was 2 years old