Woman allegedly forced to remove hijab for mugshot gets $120,000 in settlement

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    Judi Lynn
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    Aida Shyef Al-Kadi describes ‘humiliating and harmful experience’ after officers allegedly made her strip and gave her bedsheet to wear

    Associated Press
    Tue 17 Dec 2019 21.07 EST

    A Minnesota Muslim woman has received $120,000 to settle her lawsuit alleging she was forced to strip in jail and remove her hijab for a booking photo over a traffic offense, the woman and her attorneys said Tuesday.

    Aida Shyef Al-Kadi appeared with her attorneys at the Minneapolis headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations to announce the settlement approved last month.

    Al-Kadi, 57, said her treatment at the Ramsey county jail in August 2013 was “one of the most humiliating and harmful experiences” of her life.

    “I knew that I did not want any other Muslim woman to experience what I did,” she said.


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    What was the traffic offense? They don’t book you and take your mug shot for failing to signal a lane change. I would like to know the whole story. Okay. They booked her on a bench warrant for failure to appear, not for a traffic offense.

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      A judge had issued a warrant for Al-Kadi’s arrest after she missed a court hearing over a traffic offense while taking her daughter to the hospital, the Star Tribune reported.

      When Al-Kadi turned herself in, she said, she was told to remove her hijab and abaya, a long dress that covered her body, in front of male jailers. When she objected, she said, she was removed from the area and taken to a holding cell, where she removed her hijab in front of a male jailer.

      She said she agreed to remove her headscarf for her booking photo after being told that the photo would never be released to the public. But months later, she found it on a third-party website that charges users to take down the photos.

      After taking the photo, officers gave her a bedsheet to use as a hijab. Al-Kadi eventually was told to remove her abaya and change into a jail uniform, while two female officers watched her. Ramsey county policy says that misdemeanor inmates such as Al-Kadi “will not be viewed without clothing”, according to court records.


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    “..Land of the Free and Home of the Brave”


    Tell me, great captain, how do the angels sleep when the devil leaves his porch light on? Tom Waites

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    she should have been strip searched same as any other American.

    she could have avoided this indignity by meeting her court date. a continuance could have been granted over the phone, or in emergency she could have rescheduled.

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    @rampart  Do you think if she was rich, she would have been stripped in jail for this offense?

  • #239832

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    Good for her.  Totally support her.

    The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

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    Lord Thomas
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    Everybody booked into a jail is strip searched, everybody. That way, the jailers are sure no one is introducing contraband into the facility.

    That is a fact of life. 

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