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

Muslim woman wins $85,000 lawsuit after hijab forcibly removed

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

The original policy stated that police could ban inmates from wearing headscarves altogether.

"There really is no justification for taking off a person's religious headgear", Marwa Rifahie, Powell's attorney, told The Los Angeles Times.

Kirsty Powell filed a federal civil rights complaint after police officers forcibly removed her hijab in view of other male officers and dozens of inmates.

Powell was arrested during a traffic stop in May 2015 on outstanding warrants. Powell was arrested after police found a warrant under her name for a shoplifting incident, the CNN reported.

Rifahie said her client had no recollection of a warrant being sent out for a petty theft offense in 2002. 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. His request that a police search has been rejected and she has not had the right to keep her veil in police custody.

A Muslim woman has won $85,000 in damages from the city of Long Beach after her religious head scarf was forcibly removed by a local police officer, according to court papers obtained Thursday.

"She cried throughout the ordeal and experienced humiliation when both her religious beliefs and personal integrity were violated", Powell's lawsuit says. The act "protects individuals, houses of worship, and other religious institutions from discrimination in zoning and landmarking laws", according to the Department of Justice.

After the suit was filed, the Long Beach Police Department amended its policy to accommodate religious head coverings for persons in custody. Under the new policy, female officers can remove a female inmate's religious head covering "when necessary" for the officer's safety, Long Beach assistant city attorney Monte Machit said. These items include belts, neckties, shoelaces, and head coverings.



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