The Police Department has announced that it will be implementing a new policy for women who wear a religious headscarf, following a lawsuit filed earlier this year by a resident who was arrested and forced to remove her hijab during booking.

The case involving Malak Kazan garnered national media coverage after she filed a lawsuit claiming that her civil rights were violated when she involuntarily removed her hijab in front of male police officers while being detained for driving on a suspended license.

While the case was set to be argued in federal hearings, both parties came to a mutual agreement to settle the dispute out of court. After long discussions over several months, both parties were able to agree on a new policy change.

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