The perks of converting to Islam and wearing Islamic garb. via District judge dismisses charge against Muslim woman.
A district judge this morning dismissed a summary disorderly conduct charge against a woman who claimed she was harassed by Baldwin Borough police for being Muslim.
Krysti Swanson was cited Sept. 18 after police stopped her, her husband and two children as they picked flowers along railroad tracks in Baldwin after police got a report of two masked men driving towards the tracks.
Police said the woman, dressed in Muslim garb that concealed all but her eyes, became irate when they began questioning her husband, charging they were harassing her, and waved flowers in an officer’s face. She was handcuffed and placed in a patrol car, which agitated her further, because her faith prohibits her from touching men outside her family.
Her attorney, James Love, referred to her after she contacted the American Civil Liberties Union, argued that it’s not a crime to question police, nor is it a crime to refuse to produce identification. He also noted that the report never indicated that she waved flowers in an officer’s face.
In dismissing the charge, District Judge John Bova said he did not believe police had done anything wrong.
“Both sides should be more sensitive towards each other,” he said.
Ms. Swanson declined comment through her attorney after leaving the district court in Baldwin. Mr. Love said he did not know if she plans to pursue further legal action.
If they didn’t do anything wrong, why drop the charge? Because they weren’t sensitive enough to people who convert to Islam and then expect preferential treatment?
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