HART, Mich. (WOOD) — The Oceana County Sheriff’s Department says it didn’t violate a Muslim woman’s rights when they forced her to remove her hijab at the county jail following an arrest in May.
Fatme Dakroub, who is a U.S. citizen currently living in the United Arab Emirates, filed the federal lawsuit, claiming Oceana County Sheriff’s Department deputies forced her to remove her hijab despite her objections.
She claims she was in Oceana County visiting family on May 15, 2015 and rented a Jeep at the dunes. She says she was stopped for speeding by an Oceana County Sheriff’s deputy and arrested.
Dakroub says she wears a hijab in accordance with her religious beliefs that are based on the understanding of the Quran. Her religious beliefs also require her to be covered in front of men who are not family.
In a response filed to the federal lawsuit, the county admits that deputies required Dakroub to remove her head scarf for her mug shot, and would not let her put it back on in the cell.
The county says the photograph was like Dakroub’s driver’s license photo, in which she is not wearing a head covering either.
As for the head scarf, the county considers lengthy scarfs to be security concerns, and instead allowed her to wear a hooded sweatshirt while in the cell.
The county claims the policy is in place for the safety of the jail and those inside, and is not discriminatory.
A similar lawsuit in eastern Michigan was recently settled, with the jail agreeing to change its policy and allow Muslims to wear head coverings as part of their religious beliefs.
Muslims living in America – apparently she left – want to enforce sharia on everyone. Her lawyers suggests the same:
…if a police department does not have a female on duty, then officers should consider using gloves and limiting the Muslim woman’s exposure to other men. He argued that after a thorough inspection, an arrested Muslim woman should have a right to put her scarf back on.
In Dakroub’s case, she was placed in a holding cell without her scarf despite her requests to put it back on. Other inmates subjected her to verbal harassment for at least four hours.
“It’s not necessary for the individual to be victimized in this fashion,” Ayad added. “She was subjected to humiliation, isolation and harassment.”
He also said that for hours male inmates tried making passes at Dakroub.
“You can only suspect the embarrassment and humiliation this individual had to go through,” he said. “It’s bad enough to be falsely arrested, but then to have her first amendment rights violated is a flagrant disrespect and is an abuse of power with law enforcement.”
ACRL Field Director Samia Hamid said that police officers should receive proper training in interacting with multi-cultural communities, especially in an area such as Oceana County, a popular tourist destination.
No – the policies should be uniform and those who choose to live in or visit America should abide by the laws here. Just as Americans do when they
foolishly visit Muslim countries.
“We are asking for more sensitivity, more education and more awareness for all their officers,” Hamid said.
I.e., sharia training and then submission.
On Thursday, the ACRL sent a federal complaint to the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Michigan. The complaint asks for a federal judge to rule that the Oceana County Sherriff’s Department’s practices be deemed unconstitutional under the first amendment.
“We are asking a federal judge today to take action and to stop this continuous harassment and intimidation and set some policy across the line as to how to deal with individuals with their first amendment rights,” Ayad added.
There is more than a policy – they are called laws. Abide by them.
Dakroub was released from the Oceana County Jail on $150 bail. She is asking for compensatory damages in an amount to be determined at a trail.
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