Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Muslim woman paid 27million after police officer forcefully removed her hijab

Muslim woman paid 27million after police officer forcefully removed her hijab

Rifahie said her client was not aware that a warrant for her arrest had been sent out for the petty theft charge in 2002, adding that the other two warrants were for Powell's sister, who falsely used her sister's name, according to the federal lawsuit.

The city of Long Beach, California, will pay United States dollars 85,000 to settle the lawsuit filed by Powell.

The police department has a duty to protect all people who are in their custodial care, and one of the policies that protects inmates is that certain items are not allowed to be retained by a prisoner while in custody. Powell wears the hijab as part of her religious beliefs and was forced to spend the night without the covering while in custody. Powell's husband requested a female officer handle the arrest, but the arresting officers denied the request and told Powell that she had to remove her hijab.

The officers made her take a booking photo without the covering and didn't return it until she was bailed out of jail the next day, court documents say.

A Muslim woman was awarded $85,000 by the city of Long Beach Tuesday after she sued the city's police for removing her hijab against her will during an arrest in May 2015. "She felt that the male officers and male inmates had seen parts of her body that they should not have seen, according to her religious beliefs". His request that a police search has been rejected and she has not had the right to keep her veil in police custody.

Powell did not receive her hijab back until she was released from jail 24 hours later.

Powell contacted CAIR, Council on American-Islamic Relations, following the ordeal.

Powell filed a lawsuit against the city's police department for violating her First Amendment rights and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.

Following the suit, the department changed its policies. The religious head covering would then be returned to the inmate.

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