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Muslim woman's lawyer says she was forced to remove hijab while under arrest for protesting

By BY MARINA PITOFSKY, For The Hill, On 24 June 2020, Read Original
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A Muslim woman who was arrested during a Black Lives Matter protest in Miami was allegedly forced to remove her religious head covering for several hours and had her mugshot taken without it.

Alaa Massri, 18, was arrested after protesting on June 10. Her lawyer, Khurrum Wahid, told The Associated Press that her hijab “is part of a sincerely held religious belief that she has” and that “it was removed against her will.” 


The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned the department over the allegations in a Saturday statement.

“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. Keeping her from wearing the hijab for the over 7 hours while in custody arrest shows deliberate disregard for Ms. Masri’s constitutional rights,” CAIR-Florida attorney Omar Saleh said. 


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