Woman gets $85000 for hijab ordeal

Muslim woman wins $85,000 lawsuit after hijab forcibly removed

"Kirsty Powell, an african-american muslim, had filed a complaint after police officers forcibly removed her veil in front of other police officers and men of dozens of detainees", according to the press release published on Thursday by the Council of american relations-islamic on its website.

Powell was arrested during a traffic stop in May, 2015, on outstanding warrants that were since cleared.

Powell was the passenger, but was arrested after police found a warrant under her name for a shoplifting incident.

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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.

Powell did not receive her hijab back until she was released from jail 24 hours later. 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. His request that a police search has been rejected and she has not had the right to keep her veil in police custody. Powell's husband requested a female officer handle the arrest, according to the suit, but the arresting officers denied the request and told Powell she had to remove her hijab, CNN reported. Ms Powell spent the night in prison without her headscarf. The act "protects individuals, houses of worship, and other religious institutions from discrimination in zoning and landmarking laws", according to the Department of Justice.

In late 2016, following Powell's lawsuit, the LBPD changed their policy to allow religiously observant arrestees to retain their head coverings, as long as authorities don't believe those garments pose a safety risk for the person. The religious head covering would then be returned to the inmate.

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