California: Muslim fugitive caught, files lawsuit over hijab removal

Once again we see the fake piety. This broad had at least 3 warrants outstanding for vehicle theft, resisting arrest and petty theft. She had no problem committing crimes, but to remove the head covering was just intolerable.

via Long Beach police respond to lawsuit filed over removal of Muslim woman’s headscarf

Police said they have a duty to protect all people who are in their custodial care.

The Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations filed the lawsuit today in Los Angeles federal court on behalf of Kirsty Powell, who alleges that the incident occurred May 5, 2015 at the Long Beach police station.

Long Beach City Attorney Charles Parkin said his office has not yet been served with the lawsuit, and therefore had no comment.

In a statement late Monday, the police department said it removed Powell’s headscarf – as it does for other items such as belts, neckties and shoelaces – for the safety of the individual, staff and other prisoners.

“We respect the religious rights and beliefs of all people and understand the sensitivity of this matter,” said Chief Robert Luna said in a statement.”

According to CAIR, Powell and her husband, Deshawn Smith, who are both African American, were driving home near Market Street and Long Beach Boulevard when they were pulled over by an officer with the Long Beach Police Department.

Police said officers pulled over the car Powell was riding in for having an unsafe hydraulic suspension. Officers discovered she had three outstanding misdemeanor warrants, for vehicle theft, resisting arrest and petty theft.

During the arrest she was told by the officers that she would have to remove her hijab, according to CAIR, which says Powell made several requests for a female officer to search her. Police said the scarf was removed and “placed into her property bag where it was secured.” Her bail was set at $36,000.

The political advocacy group says officers informed Powell that she was “not allowed to wear her hijab” and that they were “allowed to touch a woman.”

While handcuffed at the police station, the arresting officer forcibly removed Powell’s head covering and forced her to remain exposed overnight, in plain view of other male officers and dozens of inmates, the suit alleges.

CAIR-LA Civil Rights attorney Yalda Satar says Powell’s First Amendment rights to the free exercise of religion were violated.

At least four female officers were at the station and available to remove Powell’s hijab, which she repeatedly requested, Satar said. One female officer escorted Powell to a holding cell, after her headscarf had been removed, Satar said.

“It’s usually done in private, having them remove it, patting it down so there’s no kind of weapon in there or contraband,” Satar said. “Initially, the request was made at the intersection.”

Police said they have a duty to protect all people who are in their custodial care.

The department “takes great pride in our community partnerships,” according to the statement. “We will continue to work with local religious leaders to make sure we are mindful of cultural sensitivities while ensuring the safety of all involved.” Officials added they will also reach out to other local law enforcement agencies to ensure that the department’s policies and practices are consistent with industry standards.


Apparently the media or police department did not make the mugshot available. Why not?

Meanwhile, Tareq Oubrou, director of the Bordeaux Mosque, said on May 7 that wearing a hijab, or Islamic headscarf, is not a mandatory religious practice for women.

8 Responses

  1. they create the chaos and blame it on ‘islamophobia’ which they themseslves created; what jerks

  2. Did they take her goat skin panties also?

  3. they chose to live in a free democratic country. Not adhering to the laws of the country amounts to treason

  4. Perhaps there is something to that sharia thing. This woman should have been allowed to wear her head covering in exchange for losing her right hand and left leg.

  5. In recognition of cultural sensitivity issues, you can keep your headscarf on, and we’ll just chop off one of your hands.

  6. How does she know which officers were men and which were women? The DOJ has ruled that such assumptions are highly discriminatory. It doesn’t matter what sex an officer is, all that matters is what gender they identify with at a given point in time.

    CAIR needs to understand that this is 2016 and we no longer concern ourselves with sex differences.

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