6/14/18, Maine First Media Staff Report,
Maine’s first ever Somali police officer did finally make history this week — when she resigned from the Portland Police Department in disgrace.
Zahra M. Abu’s resignation comes following being arrested in January at a Ja Rule/Ashanti concert in Massachusetts — and before the Portland Police Department could complete an internal affairs investigation prompted by her arrest at the Massachusetts nightclub in January.
As Maine First Media previously reported, the 25-year-old Abu had been placed on paid administrative leave since being charged in Worcester with assault and battery, resisting arrest, trespassing, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace on January 13, 2018.
Abu, who now resides in Portland, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Portland Police Department is not releasing the findings of their incomplete internal investigation. According to the Portland Press Herald, she could still face disciplinary action from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy board of trustees. The MCJA controls police officer licenses in Maine.
Abu was born to Somali parents in a Kenyan refugee camp. The family moved to Maine when she was two years old.
As a police officer, Abu should know and understand the dangers to all parties involved when a suspect resists arrest. According to Worcester police, she was provided several opportunities to leave the concert without incident but refused.
In January of 2017, PPH ran a puff piece trumpeting the virtues of hiring a diverse police force and calling Abu a “role model.”
The 2017 Maine Criminal Justice Academy class included three graduates speaking English as a second language.
PPH’s original puff-piece on Abu ended by quoting radical Somali activist, Fatuma Hussein, Executive Director of the Refugee Center of Maine saying, “She (Abu) has made history. Nobody can take that away.”
Apparently, Abu continues to make history, now as the first Somali police officer in Portland to ever have to resign in disgrace after being arrested.