About six months after Powell filed her lawsuit in May 2016, the Long Beach Police Department changed its policy.
A Muslim woman in the USA has won $85,000 in damages from the authorities after her hijab was forcibly removed in police custody in 2016.
According to Powell's suit, she was arrested in May 2015 after a routine traffic stop turned up several misdemeanor warrants for her arrest-one she was unaware of, and two others stemming from her sister's fraudulent use of her name.
Ms Powell's repeated requests to be dealt with by a female officer were ignored, and she spent the night in custody without her headscarf.
After Powell's suit was filed, a police spokesperson confirmed that "during the booking process Powell's hijab was removed and placed into her property bag where it was secured". It was returned when her husband posted her bond. She then filed a lawsuit in 2016 alleging the police department had violated her First Amendment rights and the settlement was approved this week and is to be paid by the local municipal authority.
"Adding", As a result of the foregoing deprivations of the free exercise of her religion, Kirsty Powell suffered severe discomfort, humiliation, and emotional distress".
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According to Rifahie, the settlement with the city also ensured that Long Beach would not publish Powell's mugshot, taken after the hijab had been removed from her head.
Now, it is the police who must remove the veil of a prisoner "when it is necessary for the safety of the officer", and outside the presence of police officers or male prisoners, said Monte Machit, assistant prosecutor of the city of Long Beach, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on behalf of the woman identified as Kirsty Powell sued the city of Long Beach.
"We commend Kirsty Powell for choosing to defend her right to religious freedom and taking action".
Speaking to the Council, Powell said she hoped she would be the last Muslim woman to go through such an experience.