The lawsuit, a class action filed by Hams-linked CAIR litigation jihadists on behalf of two Muslim women, recounts the emotional turmoil suffered when both were busted, then ordered to remove their Islamic supremacist hijabs for police photos. Being forced to have their photographs taken without headwear violates their sense of privacy, “their sense of dignity, and their sincerely held religious beliefs,” said Albert Fox Cahn, legal director of the New York Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a lawyer representing the women in the federal suit.
NY Times (h/t Susan K) “When they forced me to take off my hijab, I felt as if I was naked, and several male officers then stared at the image of her uncovered head as they stored it in a police database,” said plaintiff Jamilla Clark, of Cedar Grove, N.J. “I’m not sure if words can capture how exposed and violated I felt.” (Doesn’t compare to how violated Americans feel every time we have to look at you in those ugly headbags)
Clark, 39, sat weeping inside One Police Plaza with her hijab pushed down onto her shoulders as one police officer “openly mocked the Muslim faith,” according to the 27-page lawsuit against the city. (Oh, Boo Hoo, go back to Islamic hellhole you crawled out of, bitch)
The lawsuit alleged the NYPD’s “unnecessary and discriminatory policy is out of step with national norms, federal and state law, and the United States Constitution.” (Listen, cupcake, we’re not in Saudi Arabia)
Co-plaintiff Arwa Aziz, 45, of Brooklyn, in court papers, described what happened to her inside Brooklyn Central Booking. “Frantic, weeping and bare-headed in a hallway full of men who do not belong to her immediate family,” the lawsuit charged.
For Ms. Aziz, a daughter of Palestinian immigrants who is married and has two adult children, her encounter with police has fed residual pain. “I just felt like I was broken,” she said. “It broke me.” (Cry me a river)
Police officers made her pull down her hijab for an official arrest photo as she stood in a cramped hallway with dozens of male prisoners. The police snapped photos of her uncovered head and hair from several angles. The (Muslim) prisoners, who saw Ms. Aziz weeping, turned away in respect as the officers looked on. (Believe me, looking at you was the last thing they wanted to do)
In addition to seeking damages for those affected by the photograph policy, the lawsuit seeks a court order prohibiting the Police Department from following that policy. That those photographs can be retrieved from governmental computer systems and viewed repeatedly as part of a paper court file causes “multiple iterations of the trauma,” said Mr. Cahn.
Even more significantly, Mr. Cahn said, the photograph policy does not address the fact that photos exist, possibly to be cataloged and disseminated in the future. “Each time someone sees a photo of them uncovered, it feels like a new betrayal of their fundamental rights,” he said. (Again, I must reiterate, no one looks at your photo by choice)
The NYC Law Department promised to review the complaint but insisted the NYPD was not in the wrong. “We are confident that the police department’s religious head covering policy passes constitutional muster,” the city said in its statement. As it stands now, the city’s policy explicitly says “the arrestee’s head covering must be removed” for the department’s official photograph.
In March 2015, the Police Department tweaked its policy with an “interim order” to ensure that when photographs were taken, those opposed to removing religious headgear could be taken to a private area at Police Headquarters at 1 Police Plaza, to be photographed without the headgear by someone of the same gender.