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Long Beach to Pay $85,000 to Muslim Woman Whose Hijab Was Forcibly Removed by Police

The city of Long Beach will pay $85,000 to settle a 2016 federal lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman after an officer forcibly removed her hijab, or headscarf, when she was in police custody. “We commend Kirsty Powell for choosing to defend her right to religious freedom and taking action.”
Powell told the Council on American-Islamic Relations when she filed the suit she wanted to be the last Muslim woman who has this experience. The incident started when Kirsty Powell and her husband were pulled over by police for driving a “low rider” car, according to the lawsuit. CNN’s calls to the Long Beach City Attorney’s Office were not returned. The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced the settlement in a press release praising Powell. “I want my Muslim sisters to always feel comfortable and safe wearing a hijab and to stand up for what’s right,” she said. 33.770050
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Adding,” As a result of the foregoing deprivations of the free exercise of her religion, Kirsty Powell suffered severe discomfort, humiliation, and emotional distress.”
Powell filed the lawsuit in April 2016, alleging the police department had violated her First Amendment rights.