A Muslim woman from Dearborn Heights is suing the Oceana County Sheriff's Department for violating her Constitutional rights after she says she was forced to remove a religious head covering while being processed at the county jail last month for a traffic violation.
Fatme Dakroub, 34, says she was forced to remove her hijab when she was falsely arrested for driving on an expired license. The May 17 arrest took place while she and several family members were vacationing at the Lake Michigan sand dunes.
After arriving at the jail, Dakroub, a U.S. citizen who travels frequently to the United Arab Emirates, was told to remove the headscarf covering her hair, ears and neck. Having her hair and neck uncovered in public is a serious breach of faith and religious practice, the federal lawsuit claims.