US Muslim Wins Payout After Hijab 'Forcibly Removed' by Police

$ 85000 for a muslim woman forced to remove her veil during an arrest

Powell's case began in 2015 when she was arrested for driving a low-rider vehicle on Long Beach Boulevard with her husband.

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.

After Powell's suit was filed, a police spokesperson confirmed that "during the booking process Powell's hijab was removed and placed into her property bag where it was secured". Powell filed a lawsuit against the police department in 2016, claiming that she had been compelled to remove her headscarf, which was a violation of her First Amendment rights.

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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. It was returned when her husband posted her bond, the report said.

"Adding", As a result of the foregoing deprivations of the free exercise of her religion, Kirsty Powell suffered severe discomfort, humiliation, and emotional distress".

"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 Long Beach City Council voted on Tuesday to pay the settlement, which covers damages to Powell and her attorneys fees.About six months after Powell filed her lawsuit in May 2016, the Long Beach Police Department changed its policy to generally allow inmates to wear religious head coverings unless there's fear they could be used to cause some kind of harm.

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The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced the settlement in a press release praising Powell.

"I would never want anyone to go through what I felt from this experience", Powell said when the suit was filed a year ago, according to CAIR.

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