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After arrest, teenage Muslim protester and volunteer medic made to remove hijab for booking photo

By Aysha Khan, For Religion News Service | RNS, On 24 June 2020, Read Original
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Civil rights advocates are accusing Miami correctional officers of violating the religious rights of a Muslim teen protester whose hijab was removed for her booking photo.

Alaa Massri, an 18-year-old University of Central Florida student, was volunteering as a medic June 10 at an anti-racism protest in downtown Miami. Officers arrested her when she had gone to assist a protester she said had been struck by a police car, according to Massri and her supporters.

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Her hijab, supporters allege, was not returned to her for the seven hours she was detained. Massri’s mugshot has also been displayed by national news broadcasts and media sites.

“We believe that Miami Police’s forceful removal of Ms. Alaa Masri’s hijab for a public booking photo is a severe violation of her constitutionally protected religious freedoms,” Omar Saleh, an attorney with the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Florida, said in a statement. “Keeping her from wearing the hijab for over 7 hours while in custody arrest shows deliberate disregard for Ms. Masri’s constitutional rights.”

Read Full Article: https://religionnews.com/2020/06/23/muslim-volunteer-medic-made-to-remove-hijab-for-booking-photo-after-protests/