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CAIR-Florida condemns hijab removal at jail after arrest during Miami protest

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Florida’s chapter of the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights organization is calling for the firing of correctional staff who removed the hijab of an 18-year-old after she was arrested at a Black Lives Matter protest.

“The actions of ... police were absolutely atrocious and inexcusable and repulsive,” said Hassan Shibly, chief executive director of the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. “It’s an assault on her dignity and the boundaries that she set for herself and it’s inexcusable.”

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But Shibly said anything beyond removing a Muslim’s woman’s head scarf in front of only female police officers for a search is a violation of her religious freedom. He compared the removal of Massri’s hijab for her mugshot to the removal of a woman’s shirt or pants for a photo.

“For far too long some law enforcement officers [have been] the subject of many civil rights violations and civil rights complaints with their rights being protected,” Shibly said. “And that’s exactly what led to the death of George Floyd and other good people whose rights were taken away.”

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