Muslim Woman Sues Dearborn Over Forced Hijab Removal

Muslim Woman Sues Dearborn Over Forced Hijab Removal July 3, 2015

A Muslim woman from Dearborn is suing the city and the police department for forcing her to remove her hijab (headscarf) while being arrested and booked for failing to pay a parking ticket. This is not the first such lawsuit filed against either Dearborn or Dearborn Heights.

A woman who was arrested over an unpaid parking ticket last has filed a federal lawsuit against Dearborn and its police department, claiming she was forced to remove a religious headscarf during booking.

Maha Aldhalimi was stopped by a police officer for parking in a no parking zone outside a Walmart on Sept. 15, 2014, and was arrested when a warrant related to a past unpaid ticket was discovered, according to court documents.

The woman was taken to Dearborn police headquarters, where she was told to remove her headscarf for a booking photo, according to the lawsuit filed Tuesday.

Aldhalimi and her son, who had driven to the police station to meet his mother, both told police she wore the scarf for religious reasons, the complaint alleges, but officers threatened removing it against her will if she refused.

She removed the scarf while “shivering and crying from the humiliation and distress of the encounter,” the lawsuit alleges, claiming police violated constitution rights to equal protection and freedom of religion.

What interests me about this is not the religious freedom issue. Frankly, I have mixed and contradictory feelings about that. What I want to point is how this quite clearly disproves the claims by Tony Perkins and many others that Dearborn is a city totally controlled by Muslims, so much so that it’s an alleged “no-go zone” for non-Muslims, which must come as quite a surprise to the 60% of the city’s population that isn’t Muslim. Somehow they manage not only to go, but to live, in this “no-go zone.”

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