Police To Pay Muslim Woman $85k For Forcefully Removing Her HijabBy cheatmaster 02:40 Fri, 11 Aug 2017 Comments
The Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR) which announced the settlement on Thursday, had sued the city of long beach on behalf of Kirsty Powell, an African-American Muslim, "after police officers forcibly removed her hijab in view of other male officers and dozens of inmates."
Powell, who wears the head covering "as part of her religious beliefs," was "forced to spend the entire night exposed in custody and described the experience as deeply traumatizing," the rights group said.
Powell was arrested during a traffic stop in May 2015 on outstanding warrants that were since cleared. Long Beach voted today to approve the settlement, CAIR said, adding that nearby communities have already adopted policies protecting religious headwear in detention following similar lawsuits.
Now female officers are required to remove the headscarves of female inmates "when necessary for officer safety," and away from male officers and inmates, Long Beach assistant city attorney said.
During the arrest officers told Powell that she had to remove her hijab.
Powell was denied requests for a female officer to search her, and was denied requests to wear her hijab in custody.
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