Wednesday, November 11, 2020

NYPD Settles Suit Over Religious Head Coverings In Mug Shots

 The Hill reported yesterday that the New York City Police Department has settled a lawsuit filed against it by two Muslim women last year challenging NYPD's policy of requiring persons arrested to remove their head coverings for a mug shot. (Full text of complaint in Clark v. City of New York, (SD NY, filed 3/16/2018)). The policy change agreed to in the settlement is described by the news report:

The new policy requires officers to “take all possible steps, when consistent with personal safety” to respect "privacy, rights and religious beliefs," with exceptions for weapons or contraband searches and a risk to safety, and the department will keep track of such instances for at least the next three years.