۱۷ تیر ۱۳۹۹ | Jul 7, 2020
Muslim hijab woman arrested in black life matters protest

Alaa Massri was arrested at a protest June 10, according to the Miami Police Department, and charged with battery, resisting an officer with violence and disorderly conduct. After her arrest, Massri was taken to the Miami-Dade Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, where she says she was asked to remove her hijab for a booking photograph, her lawyer Khurrum Wahid told CNN.

Hawzah News Agency (Miami, US) - An 18-year-old Muslim woman arrested at a Black Lives Matter protest in Miami says her hijab was forcibly removed from her head for a booking photograph and she was not allowed to put it back on for several hours.

Alaa Massri was arrested at a protest June 10, according to the Miami Police Department, and charged with battery, resisting an officer with violence and disorderly conduct. After her arrest, Massri was taken to the Miami-Dade Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, where she says she was asked to remove her hijab for a booking photograph, her lawyer Khurrum Wahid told.

Muslim women who choose to wear the headscarf do not take it off in front of men outside of their immediate families.

After advising the officers that the hijab is a part of her religious beliefs and she did not wish to be photographed without it on, it was forcibly removed from her head, Wahid said. She was not allowed to put her hijab back on for what she estimated to be around seven hours.

Miami-Dade County Corrections and Rehabilitation, the agency responsible for booking and mugshots, did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

Massri's booking photo, which showed her without her hijab, was then distributed to several news outlets and began circulating on social media, according to Wahid.

"The damage from that cannot be undone," Wahid told. "That photograph is out there forever. This was a humiliating experience for her. Not just the arrest, but that her religious rights were violated."

Wahid filed an inquiry to the Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation's legal department, seeking additional information about what happened and the names of the officers involved, but has not received a response, he said Tuesday.

"I'm hoping that they respond to our request, but if they do not we will escalate it beyond basic communications," Wahid told CNN. "We've also made an inquiry with their legal department."

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