Police Request For Muslim Woman To Remove Head Scarf Prompts Lawsuit

A 27-year-old Muslim woman was brought into the Dearborn Heights Police Department in Michigan for two outstanding warrants, and was asked to remove her hijab for the booking photo. According to Fox 2 Detroit, that request has led to a federal lawsuit claiming religious discrimination.

Malak Kazan was stopped for a traffic violation. The responding officer discovered that there were two warrants out for her arrest due to a failure to appear in court. He proceeded to arrest her and bring her down to the station for processing.

The woman was asked to remove her head scarf for the booking photo, which is standard policy for the department, as police chief Lee Garvin explains.

"Articles such as hats, caps, hijabs, can contain concealable items that could pose a threat or chance of injury to the cops or to themselves," said Garvin.

Malak disagrees and views it as religious discrimination. She has retained an attorney, who offered his take on the situation.

"Your religious freedoms are not stripped at the jailhouse door. It's part of the cannons of their faith to wear a head scarf. For her to have it removed in front of a non-relative male, would be a non-pleasant experience for her," says Amir Makked.

Source: Fox 2 Detroit

Photo: Instagram/Dearborn Heights PD

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