Santa Clara Sheriff’s Workplace denies hijab elimination allegations

(BCN) — The Santa Clara Sheriff’s Workplace denied Saturday that one among its deputies forcibly eliminated a hijab of a Muslim girl that was arrested and booked in a Milpitas correctional facility.

The assertion got here days after the Council on American-Islamic Relations within the Bay Space (CAIR-SFBA) mentioned the Muslim girl, Asia Aden, had her hijab “violently yanked” from her whereas being booked into Elmwood Correctional Facility, despite the fact that she requested to maintain the headwear out of spiritual beliefs.

“The Sheriff’s Workplace acquired the grievance and reviewed the surveillance footage. Drive was not used to take away the Hijab and in reality the complainant was requested to take away it herself,” the Sheriff’s public info workplace mentioned.

“Normally, these clothes should be searched upon getting into the power earlier than they’re returned or one other is issued. The Sheriff’s Workplace is dedicated to defending individuals’s spiritual rights whereas additionally making certain the security of everybody within the amenities,” the legislation enforcement company defined.

Based on the Sheriff’s Workplace, its collaboration with CAIR after the same concern in 2021 led to the creation of its “Non secular Practices coverage” to make sure that anybody carrying a Hijab, Kufi, Turban or Yarmulke might be “moderately accommodated, topic to the compelling curiosity for facility safety or to forestall self-harm.”

“The reserving workers was educated on the coverage replace,” the legislation enforcement company mentioned. The CAIR-SFBA has demanded a public apology and financial settlement from the Sheriff’s Workplace over the difficulty, which the advocacy group famous as not new at Elmwood.

“This was not the primary incident of its kind to happen at Elmwood, however it must be the final. Santa Clara County and the Sheriff’s Workplace promised to implement coverage adjustments and coaching in 2021, and we are actually left questioning their effectiveness,” CAIR-SFBA senior civil rights counsel Jeffrey Wang mentioned.

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