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Muslim woman sues police for making her remove her headscarf

  A Muslim woman has filed a lawsuit accusing police in the US of violating her constitutional rights by making her remove her headscarf after they arrested her for driving on a suspended license.

 A Muslim woman has filed a lawsuit accusing police in the US of violating her constitutional rights by making her remove her headscarf after they arrested her for driving on a suspended license.

According to USA Today, the lawsuit, filed in federal court, asks for the Dearborn Heights Police Department to modify its present policy so a Muslim woman can wear her hijab during booking procedures.

In July, police pulled over Malak Kazan, now 27, of Dearborn Heights on a traffic violation. She then was taken into custody on a traffic misdemeanor because of her suspended license, according to the lawsuit.

The male police officer asked the Muslim woman to remove her headscarf to take her booking photo, which usually requires no head coverings or hats. 

Kazan said she asked to have a female officer take her photo, which the male officer refused to do, the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit was filed against the city of Dearborn Heights, its police department and police chief, saying that Kazan’s constitutional rights to free expression of religion were violated. It claims that her rights under the 1st, 4th, and 14th amendments were violated.

 

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