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NYPD ends policy requiring hijab (chastity veil) removal for mug shots


“NYPD can no longer force Muslim women to remove hijabs in mug shots, settlement says,” by Ryan W. Miller, USA Today, November 10, 2020:

NEW YORK — The New York Police Department will no longer require people who are arrested to remove religious headwear during mug shots as part of a settlement in a federal lawsuit.

A group of Muslim women sued New York City after they said they were forced to remove their hijabs after arrests and be photographed with their head and hair uncovered.

In an initial complaint filed in federal court in New York, one of the woman said that removing her hijab, a garment worn by many Muslim women around the world, and being photographed with it at her shoulders made her feel “humiliated, distraught and panicked from this coerced violation of her religious practice.”

The settlement reached this month will now allow those detained by NYPD to retain their religious headwear while in custody and require trainings for NYPD officers about the new policy. The new policy will also cover religious headwear from other traditions, including yarmulkes, wigs, habits, turbans and kufis, among others.

A person can have their driver’s license or other ID photo taken with a religious head covering on, so “there’s no reason why the NYPD should require them to remove these same head coverings” when they’ve been accused of a crime, said Albert Fox Cahn, an attorney for some of the plaintiffs.

Patricia Miller, the head of the city’s Special Federal Litigation Division, said the change in policy was “a good reform for the NYPD.” “It carefully balances the department’s respect for firmly held religious beliefs with the legitimate law enforcement need to take arrest photos, and should set an example for other police departments in the country,” she added in a statement.

Four Muslim women and an advocacy group sued in separate lawsuits and were part of the settlement. The women said their constitutional rights were violated when they were forced to remove their head coverings for mug shots or NYPD searches.

An initial complaint filed in March 2018 alleged Jamilla Clark, who was arrested over a protective ordered filed by an ex-husband, faced threats of prosecution from NYPD if she did not remove her hijab for the mug shot.

“Like many Muslim women whose religious beliefs dictate that they wear a hijab, Ms. Clark felt exposed and violated without hers — as if she were naked in a public space,” the complaint said….


To make it even better, they should have this law in NY that hijabs n headgear are not allowed to be removed @all times. In fact it should be worn 24hrs everyday even whilst @home... From scuba diving, parachuting, bathing, sleeping n even eating it should not be removed which also includes Passport or ID card photos.
And not forgetting even when fxxking...
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A Singaporean

Muslims create problem for others wherever they go. Just send them back to the shit hole cuntries they came from.
Only hijab needs to be worn.