A Muslim woman in Michigan is suing her local police department for forcing her to remove her head scarf after her arrest for driving with a suspended license.
The woman, 24-year-old Malak Kazan, a resident of the heavily Muslim Dearborn Heights area, claims Dearborn Heights police humiliated her and forced her to violate her Muslim faith while she was being booked into jail, according to ABC 7 in Detroit.
The suit, filed in federal court, seeks to force the Dearborn Heights Police Department to change its policy regarding the hijab, which the woman’s attorney said should only be removed in the presence of women or close male relatives — not in arrest photos.
It also wants to force officers to undergo sensitivity training.
Police department policy does not allow head scarves in booking photos, which are intended to identify those arrested.
News of the lawsuit drew precious little sympathy.
Too bad. No one get to wear head-wear into jail, especially for photos. It’s extremely humiliating to be arrested… http://t.co/6BzZ63kXfb
— Truth and Madness (@TruthMadness0) January 26, 2015
@Chris_1791 truly hope she LOOSES this one. Police must maintain safety standards for protection of all.
— Laurieann (@laurieann_4) January 23, 2015
@EVA_GLOCK it’s seem like it going to be up to us real Americans to lock and load on these trespassers and Obama ASAP . Ready !
— Just Juneba ! (@FlemonTarver) January 23, 2015
And this one pretty well sums it up.
@WolfSpirit2013 @EVA_GLOCK no hats in jails allowed, gives a place to hide weapons. She must not be 2 religous, or she would not b criminal
— inmatemd (@inmatemd) January 23, 2015
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