"Kirsty Powell, an african-american muslim, had filed a complaint after police officers forcibly removed her veil in front of other police officers and men of dozens of detainees", according to the press release published on Thursday by the Council of american relations-islamic on its website.
"There really is no justification for taking off a person's religious headgear", Marwa Rifahie, Powell's attorney, told The Los Angeles Times.
During the incident, Kirsty Powell and her husband were pulled over by police for driving a "low rider" vehicle, according to the lawsuit filed by Powell. His request that a police search has been rejected and she has not had the right to keep her veil in police custody. The warrants were for resisting arrest, auto theft and petty theft. It was returned when her husband posted her bond, the report said. The other two warrants were apparently not for Powell but for her sister, who falsely utilized her name, the federal lawsuit stated. During the arrest, she was told by the officers that she would have to remove her hijab.
About six months after Powell filed her lawsuit in May 2016, the Long Beach Police Department changed its policy.
Powell was without her hijab for 24 hours until she was released. She described the experience as deeply traumatizing, according to the complaint.
"Mrs. Powell is wearing the veil in the context of his religious beliefs and was forced to spend the night on her head when she was in detention".
'She felt that the male officers and male inmates had seen parts of her body that they should not have seen, according to her religious beliefs'.
The Long Beach City Council voted Tuesday to approve the settlement. She then filed a lawsuit in 2016 alleging the police department had violated her First Amendment rights and the settlement was approved this week and is to be paid by the local municipal authority.