Ismahan Isse has wanted to be a police officer for years.

She prepared herself by earning an associate degree in criminal justice and entered the Columbus police academy in December. She lasted until March 16.

Isse, 29, is a Somali-American and a Muslim. The Police Division does not allow officers to wear head scarves and refused to change its policy for her. When she dropped out of the academy, "I told them the main reason was the scarf," she said.

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