- Associated Press - Thursday, January 25, 2018

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A Portland, Maine, police officer has made her initial court appearance after being accused of unruly conduct at a night club in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports that pleas of not guilty were entered Thursday on behalf of Zahra Munye Abu. She did not speak during the hearing.

The 24-year-old officer was escorted out of the Palladium on Jan. 13 after she grabbed the head of security and refused to leave. She was charged with several misdemeanors including assault and battery, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

A judge ordered Abu to stay away from the Palladium, but released her on personal recognizance.

Abu is the first member of Portland’s sizable Somali population to become a Maine police officer. Portland police say she is on paid administrative leave.

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