Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Settlement Approved In Muslim Woman's Suit Over Booking Procedures

Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that a Minnesota federal district court last month approved a $120,000  settlement of a suit brought by a Muslim woman, Aida Shyef Al-Kadi, who was  required by Ramsay County jail officials to remove her hijab after she was arrested on a traffic offense.The report goes on:
Along with the $120,000 payout, the settlement includes having the jail put specific rules in place on how to accommodate inmates with religious headwear during the booking photo process.
The county, while not required by the settlement to admit wrongdoing, further agreed to destroy all hard copies and delete any electronic versions of Al-Kadi’s booking photo. Also, the Sheriff’s Office must train its corrections officers on policies concerning inmates and the religious accommodations they require. County Board Chairman Jim McDonough called the terms “fair and in the best interests of our citizens.”