The Rev. Al Sharpton’s ex-wife and oldest daughter were arrested in Manhattan Friday night for resisting arrest after speeding past a patrol car and through a red light, reports the New York Daily News.
Kathy Jordan, 53, and her daughter, Dominique, 23, were pulled over around 7:30 p.m. for zooming through the light at Eighth Ave. in Harlem, the newspaper said, citing sources.
As officers attempted to issue the two women a ticket for the traffic violation, things got heated, sources said. The duo became belligerent toward the cops, arguing that they were only trying to get around the squad car that was driving too slow, sources said.
Dominique, who was driving, argued against the summons and she and her mother were collared for disorderly conduct and obstruction of governmental administration, sources said.
The pair were given desk appearance tickets and allowed to go home.
“How what was apparently a minor traffic dispute ended up with two arrests with desk appearance tickets is highly questionable and unusual,” said Rev. Sharpton’s lawyer, Michael A. Hardy. “Reverend Sharpton has been made aware of the details of the matter and will aggressively support his daughter and her mother, despite their announced change of marital status in 2003.”
The couple met when Jordan was a back-up singer for James Brown. They married in 1980 and divorced after 23 years together. They have two adult children, Dominique and Ashley, 22.
Dominique works for her father’s National Action Network based in Harlem.