Woman sues after being forced to remove hijab during arrest

DEARBORN HEIGHTS (AP) - A woman is challenging a suburban Detroit police department's policy that she says forced her to remove a traditional Muslim head scarf while in custody.

Malak Kazan's lawsuit was filed last Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Detroit. She says she was forced to remove the head scarf, known as a hijab, during booking and while in custody after being arrested last year in Dearborn Heights for driving with a suspended license.

The woman says that violates her faith as well as her civil rights. The lawsuit seeks to change the policy and Kazan wants officers to undergo sensitivity training.

The Dearborn Heights mayor's office said officials wouldn't comment last week.

Published: Mon, Jan 26, 2015

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