A black police officer says she was improperly charged with resisting arrest by two white officers from her own department last week.

Officer Delores Sharp, a 19-year veteran of the Nassau County Police Department, said she immediately identified herself as an officer during the Nov. 29 confrontation with an officer while she was shopping off-duty. Sharp believes that she was targeted for being black. 

From NBC New York:

Sharpe’s attorney claims the off-duty officer was shopping for weather stripping at a “dollar store” last Friday afternoon when a uniformed officer confronted her in a parking lot. Attorney Fred Brewington said the officer began verbally berating the woman, saying that where she parked had blocked his view of something he was watching for an undisclosed investigation.

The woman eventually went into the store and when she returned she was again confronted by the uniformed cop. Sharpe eventually left the parking lot, but was pulled over by him about two blocks away. Another officer joined the first one at that point, and that is where she was taken into custody and brought to a precinct house and later given a summons charging her with resisting arrest.

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While being arrested, Sharp learned that she was suspended without pay, effective immediately. She is due in court Jan. 9.

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