Muslim Woman Awarded $85000 After Police Removed Her Hijab


Muslim Woman Awarded $85000 After Police Removed Her Hijab

Powell was "forced to appear in a publicly available booking photo without her religious headwear", the lawsuit said.

According to Powell's suit, she was arrested in May 2015 after a routine traffic stop turned up several misdemeanor warrants for her arrest-one she was unaware of, and two others stemming from her sister's fraudulent use of her name.

The city of Long Beach, California, will pay Dollars 85,000 to settle the lawsuit filed by Powell. Police originally banned inmates from wearing head scarves.

LOS ANGELES A Muslim woman in the U.S., who was forced to remove her hijab when she was in police custody has been awarded United States dollars 85,000 as settlement by the authorities.

Powell did not receive her hijab back until she was released from jail 24 hours later. Powell spent the night in prison without her headscarf.

"We commend Kirsty Powell for choosing to defend her right to religious freedom and taking action", said civil rights attorney Marwa Rifahie of the Los Angeles chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

According to Arab News, a police officer in Long Beach forcefully removed Powell's hijab in front of other male officers and inmates.

'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'. Powell was denied requests for a female officer to search her and was denied requests to wear her hijab in custody.

The CAIR announced that Powell won the settlement on Thursday, August 10. She then filed a lawsuit in 2016 alleging the police department had violated her First Amendment rights and the settlement was approved this week and is to be paid by the local municipal authority. Female officers can take off a female inmate's head covering "when necessary for officer safety", Monte Machit, Long Beach's assistant city attorney, said. These items include belts, neckties, shoelaces, and head coverings.