Thursday, June 3, 2010

Police department now allows Muslims to wear hijabs when booked

CANTON, Michigan - The police department in this Detroit suburb has changed its policy and will now permit Muslim women who are arrested to wear their religious head coverings while they are being booked.

Previously, the Canton police department required them to remove their hijabs during booking and detention. They are also now being permitted to wear their hijabs after booking during detention in the town's holding facility.

"We welcome the Canton Police Department's proactive policy revisions allowing religious accommodation and hope that these new guidelines will serve as a model for other police departments throughout the state and the nation," said Lena Masri, staff attorney for the Council on American-Islamic Relations in Michigan.

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