American muslimah gets settlement amount of $85,000 for hijab in detention
The settlement, approved last Tuesday, close the legal battle that by Kirsty Powell, an African-American muslimah, is taken. Her lawsuit, filed in 2016, has led to Long Beach police the policy has changed on the refuse of wearing religious head coverings in detention.
"There's really no justification for a religious headpiece of a person to take off," said Powell's lawyer, Marwa Rifahie against the LA Times.
The case began in may 2015 when Powell and her husband were stopped by two police officers as they are with a vehicle on the Long Beach Boulevard reason, said Rifahie.
Powell handed their identification data to the agents. When this her name by their database, they discovered that they had with her three arrest warrants for theft, vehicle theft and the resistance to an arrest, said the police.
Powell was not aware that the theft in 2002 an arrest warrant was issued, said her lawyer. The other arrest warrants were issued after Powell's sister had used her name falsely, it appeared during the federal lawsuit.
While the agents arrested, asked her husband to Powell a female COP. The agents refused this, Powell did the handcuffed and took her to the police station. At the police station she was dedicated her head cloth do matter for the eyes of the male agents and fellow detainees.
Powell told the agents that she wears a headscarf in accordance with her religion and that it is her legal right to wear it, according to the transcript of the trial.
Powell was kept 24-hour, without having to wear her head scarf. When she was released after 24 hours she had her headscarf back.Â Shortly after her release, Powell took contact CAIR, a Muslim civil rights organization, to discuss her options.
The case filed in april 2016, which they gave to that her 1st Amendment rights were violated.
In the months after the case was filed, the police changed the policy to allow detainees to their religious head coverings to wear after they are taken into custody.
"After a thorough evaluation of our policies, including the procedures used by other law enforcement agencies in the region were used, it was determined that a change of us policy was necessary", police said in a statement to the LA Times.
Female agents are now required to remove the headscarf of a female detainee, "if necessary for security reasons", outside the presence of male agents and fellow detainees, said Monte Machit, a lawyer who spoke on behalf of the city Long Island. The headscarf is then returned to the detainee.