Woman gets N31million compensation after police forcefully removed her hijab

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

Muslim woman paid 27million after police officer forcefully removed her hijab (Photos)

"She cried throughout the ordeal and experienced humiliation when both her religious beliefs and personal integrity were violated", according to the lawsuit.

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.

"She was held in the jail overnight, forced to sit in a cell feeling distraught, vulnerable and naked without her headscarf to everyone that passed", according to the lawsuit.

During the incident, Kirsty Powell and her husband were pulled over by police for driving a "low rider" auto, according to the lawsuit filed by Powell.

A Muslim woman based in Long Beach, California has been paid a N31.1 million ($85,000) settlement after a police officer forcefully removed her hijab. During the arrest the police officers told her that she had to remove her scarf.

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She gave her identification information to officers for verification but when they checked, it was discovered that the woman had already three misdemeanor warrants for minor theft, vehicle theft and resisting arrest, police had said.

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". Ms Powell was arrested after the police found a warrant under her name for a shoplifting incident, the CNN reported.

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

The department has since changed its policy on religious headwear.

"I do not wish anyone to go through what I felt during this episode", she had stated in her complaint filed a year ago in Los Angeles. "I want my Muslim sisters to always feel comfortable and safe wearing a hijab and to stand up for what's right".

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