In a stunning settlement, a county in Minnesota has agreed to pay a woman $120,000 after she complained the cops made her remove her hijab to take a mugshot.
You heard that right. She was arrested and booked and of course the cops need to take a mugshot and fingerprints and DNA so they can get a positive ID of the inmate.
They also need to search inmates – hey no one ever said jail was a vacation.
It is a humiliating experience because you lose your freedom and rights – you have to do what the guards say regardless of whether you want to or feel humiliated.
That’s why they call it jail. But it today’s vapid politically correct culture you can sue and get a hundred grand if you claim the cops violated your religious rights and humiliated you? And some fool will pay it too.
This is nuts. From The Guardian:
A Minnesota Muslim woman has received $120,000 to settle her lawsuit alleging she was forced to strip in jail and remove her hijab for a booking photo over a traffic offense, the woman and her attorneys said Tuesday.
Aida Shyef Al-Kadi appeared with her attorneys at the Minneapolis headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations to announce the settlement approved last month.
Al-Kadi, 57, said her treatment at the Ramsey county jail in August 2013 was “one of the most humiliating and harmful experiences” of her life.
“I knew that I did not want any other Muslim woman to experience what I did,” she said.
A judge had issued a warrant for Al-Kadi’s arrest after she missed a court hearing over a traffic offense while taking her daughter to the hospital, the Star Tribune reported.
In her lawsuit, Al-Kadi argued that the county violated her constitutional rights and discriminated against her for her religious beliefs.
Al-Kadi was born and raised in Ohio. She moved to Minnesota in 2005 so her daughter could receive specialized medical care.