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NYPD Sued Over Removal of Religious Head Coverings for Booking Photos

March 16, 2018  | 

Two Muslim-American women and a non-profit group on Friday sued the New York City Police Department for forcing Muslim women and others to remove their hijabs or other religious head coverings in post-arrest photographs.

Arwa Aziz and Jamilla Clark, who were arrested in unrelated incidents, say in the lawsuit that they were forced to remove their hijabs by the NYPD to take post-arrest photographs.

The suit challenges a 2015 NYPD policy requiring that booking photos have an unobstructed view of the subject's head, ears and face, requiring the removal of any headwear. The plaintiffs contend that policy violates the women's freedom of speech, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act and New York state law.

The suit seeks unspecified financial damages and for the NYPD to discontinue its practice, US News reports.

Comments (3)

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Charles p. @ 3/17/2018 8:21 PM

Tough luck !! What a load of BS !!!
Don't be a criminal is the simple solution, you don't have rights as a prisoner like the free public.... Hey over yourselves !!

Longtime cop @ 3/18/2018 8:43 AM

Dont get arrested and you nothing to worry about

Grey Bear @ 3/19/2018 12:07 PM

Simple solution; if you don't want to remove your hijab, don't do something to get arrested for. Or better yet, move to a country where everyone wears them and its the norm, then you shouldn't have to worry about getting your feelings hurt. Freedom of speech my eye, sounds more like criminals trying to hide their identities by using a lame argument.

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