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Two years ago Portland, Maine gave themselves a pat on the back as they broke down a bunch of social barriers by appointing Zahra Abu, the first black Muslim woman to their police force:
— Diane Magras ⚔🏰 (@dianemagras) January 11, 2016
— Maine Humanities (@MaineHumanities) January 11, 2016
As you can see, she stole the show. Although she was one of several cops who were sworn in that day, she was the only one who got this sort of press, and understandably so. This is the kind of story that gets clicks.
The headlines all championed the greatness of diversity, and SJWs cheered from the sidelines about how great “progressive Portland” is:
She was only 22 when she got the job, and had a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and of course “women and gender studies”:
The 22-year-old Abu, who moved to Portland when she was 2, comes to her new job after years of hard work. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and women-and-gender-studies from the University of Southern Maine in three years, while holding down two jobs.
And the chief of police insisted it was not a diversity hire:
“We want to be as diverse as our communities, but we will only hire the best, and I do believe she is one of them.”
But of course to the press the only thing that mattered was her gender, race, and religion:
Of course, Somali immigrants aren’t the only ones who may be resistant to change. There are white people born in the U.S. who believe that Muslims in public life are pressing an agenda centered on furthering their religion.
Because the President of this country has been very outspoken in his support of the police, but even more outspoken about protecting America from an influx of Muslim refugees. It’s a story that the media loved because it was a popsicle headache for Trump diehards.
Anyway, an anonymous source told us to search for her on Facebook, and we came across this link:
And in the comments we started seeing stuff like this:
Arrested? Sounds interesting.
So we started looking into it and messaging our contacts in the WPD. Several officers confirmed that she was in fact arrested on Saturday night in Worcester, including cops who gave us the information that allowed us to be the first to report that Jorge Zambrano had been killed. These are trusted sources. It happened.
One of our reporters went to the police station today to get the arrest report, and the woman at the records desk refused to hand it over. According to her they don’t give out arrest reports.
Except they do. All the time. And often they just redact information in the report that is pertinent to the case.
Oh, and then there’s the WPD’s Facebook page, which is filled with posts like this:
So they’ll publicly shame goons like Kyle Nelson who graffiti random buildings and post all his embarrassing information on Facebook, but they won’t release any information on a police officer arrested? How is this OK? Basically police departments get to pick and choose who gets publicly shamed and who doesn’t. Don’t get me wrong, I am 1,000% in favor of the cops posting every single arrest and mugshot on Facebook. But it’s completely unfair that some criminals get this treatment while others are protected from public scrutiny.
Even without an arrest report we still found out a lot about what happened:
- There was a Ja Rule concert at the Palladium Saturday night. I swear to God. Ja Rule. He’s alive. And somehow a 24 year old woman is old enough to be a fan of his.
- She was arrested by a detail cop. And our sources tell us that the last thing a detail cop at the Palladium wants to do is arrest ANYONE, because then they have to stay longer and do all the paperwork, and then potentially get called to court to testify. Officers who have worked that detail in the past tell us that they’ve been assaulted by rowdy hooligans and told them to go on their way, because no one wants to arrest anyone at the Getladium.
- The security at the Palladium is highly regarded and can handle rowdy patrons without the assistance of the WPD. So for someone to create such a scene that the police would need to be involved, that person would have to be extremely belligerent and/or intoxicated.
- The General Manager of the Palladium told her she needed to leave, allegedly because of her behavior. Do you understand how ratchet you have to be acting to stand out at a Ja Rule concert in Worcester?
- When the police got involved she reportedly said, “”fuck you mother fuckers, who do you think you are?” according to our sources. She then tried to pull the badge off of one of the cop’s chest.
- While sitting in handcuffs and awaiting the paddywagon she told the officers, “I can’t believe you wait for the wagon this long, I never make people wait for the wagon this long, I’m a Portland cop.” This was the first time they realized she was police.
- The last thing any cop wants to do is arrest another cop, but she had no police ID. But if you search her name on Google it’s the first thing that comes up. So when she got to the station the plan was to not arrest her. They offered to let her sit in the drunk tank (PC her) and then let her go a few hours later. Nevertheless she persisted, and was such a pain in the ass and so belligerent that they had no choice but to arrest her.
- No one has confirmed that she was drunk. If she did this sober it’s even crazier. If she did this drunk the she’s the worst Muslim ever.
This once again shows the flexibility and decency of the Worcester Police. They are regular people who do their jobs, and the last thing they want to do is arrest anyone. But some people are such assholes that they give you choice. They want to be arrested.
We called the Portland PD for comment but as we assumed they cannot comment on personnel matters. We have no way of knowing if she is still working this week, and if they have even been alerted as to what transpired.
The bottom line is that the arrest report should be made public. We can’t allow police departments to pick and choose who gets shamed and who gets protected. This has Alli Bibaud written all over it.