- Associated Press - Friday, July 10, 2015

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit-area police department has updated its policy on booking and photographing people who wear a religious head covering.

Malak Kazan sued in U.S. District Court in Detroit in January. She said she was forced to remove the traditional Muslim head scarf, known as a hijab, in the presence of men during booking and while in custody after being arrested last year in Dearborn Heights for driving with a suspended license.

Her lawyer Amir Makled tells The Detroit News (https://bit.ly/1eLXed0 ) the change went into effect Monday with a U.S. District Court judge’s order.

According to the updated policy, a female officer will be present for removal if needed and removal will be done in a private area, if possible. Makled says it “could be the model policy” for other communities.

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Information from: The Detroit News, https://detnews.com/


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