Mohamed Noor, the Muslim cop in Minneapolis who shot an unarmed woman, Justine Damond, had been fast-tracked onto the force so that the Minneapolis police could showcase their “diversity.” Now it looks as if the Portland, Maine Police Department was trying to do the same thing with Zahra Munye Abu. After the shooting of Justine Damond, there should have been a searching reevaluation of the wisdom of hiring police officers based on their religion and ethnicity rather than their merit. But of course there was not. And so Muslim police officers keep being hired because they’re Muslim, not because they’re competent police officers, and here we are again.
A 24-year-old Portland police officer has been charged with five misdemeanors, including assault and battery, after being arrested Saturday night at a concert venue in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Worcester police said Zahra Munye Abu, of Portland, is also facing charges of trespassing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.
Abu caused a disturbance while attending a Ja Rule and Ashanti concert at the Palladium Nightclub on Main Street, said Worcester police Sgt. Kerry F. Hazelhurst.
“The nightclub was hosting several live musical acts,” Hazelhurst said in an email. “She was (given) several opportunities to leave and refused. Eventually she was placed under arrest.”
Worcester police would not provide more details about the incident, and members of Abu’s family declined to comment when contacted by phone at their home.
Portland Police Chief Michael Sauschuck said Abu has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending a review of the matter….
Abu is a high-profile member of the Portland police force because she is the first member of Maine’s Somali immigrant community to become a police officer in Maine.
She was born to Somali parents in a Kenyan refugee camp and has lived in Portland since she was 2 years old. She graduated from Deering High School in Portland and studied criminal justice and women-and-gender issues at the University of Southern Maine.
If convicted, Abu faces a maximum penalty of up to 2½ years in a county jail on the assault and battery and the resisting arrest charges. Each of the other charges include less severe maximum penalties.