St. Paul’s First Female Somali Police Officer Has Critics and Fans
What an interesting kind and bold woman. The adjustments she and the department made are laudable. Metal snaps on her hijab in case she gets in a physical struggle.
Kadra Mohamed walks into an old haunt, the Grocery and Meat Market on the city’s north side, where as a girl she shopped with her mother.
I’m a target for those with concerns about safety. I’m a short, black, Muslim female. Of course I stand out.
She breathes in the heady smell of Somali spices, halal meat and the bread she has loved since growing up in a nearby public housing project.
“Kadra, it’s you,” he says in the lilting Somali language. He asks about her mother, then pauses. “It’s good to see you in uniform.”