Woman gets $85000 for hijab ordeal

Woman gets $85000 for hijab ordeal

They didn't return it until she was bailed out of jail the next day.

LOS ANGELES | A muslim woman who had her veil forcibly removed by police officers during his time in custody, will receive $ 85,000 from the city of Long Beach, in the suburbs of Los Angeles, in the framework of an amicable agreement. The warrants were for resisting arrest, auto theft and petty theft. Ms Powell was arrested after the police found a warrant under her name for a shoplifting incident, the CNN reported. Powell made several requests for a female officer to search her and was denied requests to continue wearing her hijab in custody. Powell was "forced to appear in a publicly available booking photo without her religious headwear", the lawsuit said.

After she was booked at the Long Beach police station, officers removed her hijab while in the view of male officers and inmates. "I want my Muslim sisters to always feel comfortable and safe wearing a hijab and to stand up for what's right". During the arrest, she was told by the officers that she would have to remove her hijab.

"She cried throughout the ordeal and experienced humiliation when both her religious beliefs and personal integrity were violated", the lawsuit said. "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". The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced the settlement while praising Powell.

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About six months after Powell filed her lawsuit in May 2016, the Long Beach Police Department changed its policy.

Following the suit, the department changed its policies.

Now female officers are required to remove the headscarves of female inmates "when necessary for officer safety", and away from male officers and inmates, Long Beach assistant city attorney Monte Machit told the Los Angeles Times.

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