Muslim Criminal Awarded $85,000 Because Police Removed Her Hijab in Jail
If you're planning on smuggling contraband into jail anytime soon, wearing a hijab might not be a bad idea. If you get caught, just make sure to file a lawsuit.
Kirsty Powell, a black Muslim, was arrested in 2015 on outstanding warrants for car theft, petty theft and resisting arrest. Long Beach Police officers removed her hijab before putting her in a cell with other inmates.
Powell promptly filed a federal lawsuit, alleging that the city had violated her First Amendment rights, as well as the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, a federal law that protects the religious rights of inmates. On Tuesday, she was awarded $85,000 by the City of Long Beach.
From Fox News:
California is becoming more inhospitable each day, sinking to new lows in order to accommodate criminals. Can you imagine the ease in which similarly frivolous lawsuits could be filed?
Powell's attorney had this to say:
Here's a wild idea — in America, you can practice your religion as freely as you want and the police won't bother you if you don't commit any crimes. Why did Powell not file an additional suit alleging Fourth Amendment violations for imprisoning her as well? Oh right, because she's a criminal.
Voters of California — you chose this for yourselves.
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