Muslim woman sues claiming police forcibly removed her hijab

Muslim woman sues claiming police forcibly removed her hijab

A Muslim woman is suing the city of Long Beach, Police Chief Robert Luna, and six Long Beach Police officers after she said her hijab was forcibly removed by a Long Beach police officer a year ago, according to the Greater Los Angeles Area chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which filed the complaint on her behalf.

According to the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD), officers conducted a traffic stop on May 5, 2015 at 12:56PM near Market Street and Long Beach Boulevard, determining that the vehicle’s hydraulic suspension made the passenger unsafe.

Police said that during the stop, passenger and Long Beach resident Kristy Powell, 33, was found to have three outstanding misdemeanor warrants—for Vehicle Theft, Petty Theft and Resisting Arrest—causing them to transport her and promptly book her on the warrants. Her bail was $36,000.

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