A California city has agreed to pay $85,000 (72,000 euros) to settle a lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman whose hijab was forcibly removed by the police.
Powell was without her hijab for 24 hours until she was released.
A Muslim woman in the United States, who was forced to remove her hijab when she was in police custody has been awarded $85,000 as settlement by authorities. Powell wears the hijab as part of her religious beliefs and was forced to spend the night without the covering while in custody.
"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.
Court documents said that the officers made Powell take a booking photo without the covering and did not return it until she was bailed out of jail the next day.
Long Beach voted Tuesday to approve the settlement, CAIR said, adding that nearby communities have already adopted policies protecting religious headwear in detention following similar lawsuits.
The woman's husband requested a female officer handle the arrest, but the arresting officers denied the request and told Powell she had to remove her hijab, according to the report. Powell refused and told them: "that she wears a hijab in accordance with her religious practice and that it is her legal right to wear it", according to the lawsuit.
"She cried throughout the ordeal and experienced humiliation when both her religious beliefs and personal integrity were violated", according to the lawsuit. The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced the settlement and praised Powell.
Assistant City Attorney, Monte Machit said, "The city chose to settle because we viewed the claims by her as meritorious".