US Muslim compensated with $85000 after police forcibly removed hijab

Muslim woman awarded £65,000 after police pulled off her hijab

According to the federal lawsuit, male police officers forcibly removed Long Beach resident Kirsty Powell's head covering when they took her into custody in 2015 even after she explained she wore it as part of her religious beliefs.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations, (CAIR) which announced the settlement on Thursday, had sued the city of Long Beach on behalf of Kirsty Powell, an African-American Muslim, "after police officers forcibly removed her hijab in view of other male officers and dozens of inmates".

She was arrested after police found a warrant under her name for a shoplifting incident, CNN reported on Friday. She spent the night in prison without the hijab, which was returned after her husband posted her bond.

The officers made her take a booking photo without the covering and didn't return it until she was bailed out of jail the next day, court documents say.

Long Beach voted Tuesday to approve the settlement, CAIR said, adding that nearby communities have already adopted policies protecting religious headwear in detention following similar lawsuits.

Now, it is the police who must remove the veil of a prisoner "when it is necessary for the safety of the officer", and outside the presence of police officers or male prisoners, said Monte Machit, assistant prosecutor of the city of Long Beach, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times.

The city of Long Beach, California, will pay United States dollars 85,000to to settle the lawsuit filed by Powell.The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced the settlement and praised Powell.Powell had told the Council on American-Islamic Relations when she filed the suit she wanted to be the last Muslim woman who has this experience."I want my Muslim sisters to always feel comfortable and safe wearing a hijab and to stand up for what's right", she said.

Powell had told the council that she wanted to be the last Muslim woman who has this experience.

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