Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Muslim woman wins $85k case

Muslim woman wins $85k case

Police arrested Powell in May 2015 after two officers pulled her husband over for driving a lowrider vehicle, according to Rifahie.

NAIJ.com gathered that Powell was arrested during a traffic stop on outstanding warrants. The other two warrants were apparently not for Powell but for her sister, who falsely utilized her name, the federal lawsuit stated.

Long Beach: A Muslim woman has been awarded $85,000 after an officer forcibly removed her hijab, or headscarf, when she was in police custody in Long Beach, California.

The lawsuit also stated that Powell requested that police deploy a female to the scene because she said: "physical contact must be done by a woman". Powell refused and told them: "that she wears a hijab in accordance with her religious practice and that it is her legal right to wear it", according to the lawsuit.

"Mrs. Powell is wearing the veil in the context of his religious beliefs and was forced to spend the night on her head when she was in detention". The officers informed her that she was "not allowed to wear her hijab" and that they were "allowed to touch a woman", the lawsuit states. 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. During the arrest the police officers told her that she had to remove her scarf.

Under the act, "individuals, houses of worship, and other religious institutions" are protected "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.

According to the council, Long Beach voted to pay the settlement, adding that nearby communities would adopt policies to protect religious beliefs. These items include belts, neckties, shoelaces, and head coverings.

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