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Miami-Dade Corrections under scrutiny after Muslim woman forced to remove hijab for booking photo

By Jessica Holly, For WSVN Channel 7 News, On 23 June 2020, Read Original
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MIAMI (WSVN) - The Miami-Dade Department of Corrections is at the center of a faith-based controversy after a Muslim woman who was arrested at a downtown Miami protest was forced to remove her head covering for a booking photo.
 
The arrest of 18-year-old Alaa Massri has drawn national attention after, she claimed, her rights were violated while she was being booked.
Omar Saleh, an attorney for the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), discussed the June 10 incident on Monday.
“Removing the hijab for the booking photo is improper,” he said.
Over the weekend, CAIR publicly condemned the actions of law enforcement, pointing to the removal of Massri’s hijab
“A booking photo, which goes public, that causes humiliation, mental anguish,” said Saleh.
Miami Police took Massri into custody during a protest in the area of Biscayne Boulevard and Northeast Third Street, on the same day statues of Christopher Columbus and Juan Ponce De Leon were vandalized.
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While there is at least one online site collecting money for her legal battle, those representing CAIR said their involvement is aimed at awareness.
“Americans and people in America need to be treated equally and with respect,” said Saleh. “This is really an opportunity, we think, to look back and know how we can move forward together.”
*Alaa Massri's image obscured to preserve privacy.