Woman Arrested at ICE Protest Sues After Allegedly Being Forced to Remove Hijab for Mugshot

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Woman Arrested at ICE Protest Sues After Allegedly Being Forced to Remove Hijab for Mugshot

A girl who says she was pressured to take away her hijab for a mugshot after being arrested at an immigration protest has launched a lawsuit towards the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections.

Clara Ruplinger had been out protesting towards the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) company’s position in implementing the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” household separation coverage at a July 2018 rally when she was arrested.

Upon being booked on the corrections division, Ruplinger stated she was informed by a feminine officer that she must take away her headband for an analysis, however would have the ability to put it again on earlier than a mugshot was taken, the protester’s lawyer, Soha Saiyed told local broadcaster WHAS11, an ABC affiliate.

Ruplinger, who’s Muslim, in keeping with WHAS11, complied, however then was informed that officers must take a photograph of her with out her hijab to “properly record” her “head dimensions.”

“Multiple officers approached her and said you have to take your scarf off so that we can take a picture to properly record your head dimensions,” Saiyed stated.

After pleading with officers to not take the photograph, asserting that it’s towards her spiritual beliefs to permit her hair to be seen by males who’re unrelated to her, Ruplinger lastly complied underneath the idea that the photograph would solely be utilized by authorities.

Despite taking a mugshot of Ruplinger sporting her hijab, nevertheless, the protester stated authorities selected to disseminate the photograph of her with out her headband to the general public.

“There is no explanation whatsoever and has been no explanation for why they decided that that was the photograph that they would make publicly available,” Jeremiah Reece, who can be representing Ruplinger alongside Saiyed, informed the broadcaster.

According to WHAS11, the corrections middle has had guidelines in place since 2010 to {photograph} and fingerprint anybody booked into the ability.

However, Ruplinger’s attorneys have asserted that there is no such thing as a cause for the division to have chosen to make the photograph of their shopper with out her hijab public, when she had particularly requested to put on the headband in her mugshot.

Before submitting their lawsuit, Ruplinger’s attorneys stated they reached out to Mayor Greg Fischer and the county’s lawyer workplace concerning the incident, however have been informed that officers “didn’t think we did anything wrong.”

“The initial response from them was ‘well we didn’t think we did anything wrong and we don’t think the law was violated,'” Saiyed stated.

In February 2019, nevertheless, the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections up to date its insurance policies to make sure that inmates could be allowed to maintain on any spiritual headwear throughout a mugshot.

“Then it was—well we still don’t think we did anything wrong, but here are those policy changes that we currently made,” Saiyed stated.

While the division has up to date its insurance policies, Ruplinger is asking that officers take away her mugshot from public information.

Her attorneys are additionally asking that town pay damages, although it’s nonetheless unclear how a lot they’ll search in compensation.

Newsweek has contacted the Louisville Metro Department of Corrections for remark for this text.

Woman Arrested at ICE Protest Sues After Allegedly Being Forced to Remove Hijab for Mugshot
A girl says she was pressured to take away her hijab for a mugshot taken on the Louisville Metro Department Of Corrections in July 2018 after she was arrested at an ICE protest. Raymond Boyd/Getty

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