A Minnesota Muslim criminal has received a $120,000 cash reward after she refused to remove her hijab for a mugshot while detained at a jail in Ramsey County.
Aida Shyef Al-Kadi, a 57-year-old Muslim woman, claimed that it was “one of the most humiliating and harmful experiences” to remove her headwear like any other inmate would be required to do.
“I knew that I did not want any other Muslim woman to experience what I did,” she said at the Minneapolis headquarters of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) last week to announce the settlement.
Al-Kadi was booked after missing a court appearance regarding a traffic offense. She claimed that she had to take her daughter to the hospital and that is why she missed the hearing.
“She made it clear from the beginning that this case wasn’t about looking backward, it was about looking forward and standing up not only for herself, but for the broader Muslim community; and standing up for the broader Muslim community is precisely what Ms. Al-Kadi did,” said Caitlinrose Fisher, who is one of Al-Kadi’s attorneys.
After Al-Kadi turned herself in, she was told to take off her hijab and abaya, which is a long traditionally Muslim dress covering her body. She objected to the practice initially, but eventually complied. She claimed this was an infringement of her Constitutional rights.
Al-Kadi whined that her mugshot appeared on a third-party website that charges a fee to remove them, and that she was forced to wear a jail uniform while she was behind bars like the rest of her fellow inmates.
“We believe that this settlement agreement is fair and in the best interests of all of our residents. Ramsey county’s values hold that the rights, beliefs, well-being and dignity of all our residents are protected and honored in all aspects of what we do,” said Jim McDonough, who is Ramsey County board chair, in a statement last week.
“The practices outlined in the agreement to improve the booking process for those with religious head coverings better reflect these values,” he added.
U.S. District Court Judge John Tunheim ultimately approved the settlement. The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office noted that nobody will be disciplined for their treatment of Al-Kadi because “their actions were in accordance with existing policy.”
“The policy, at the time, mirrored those for jails and correctional facilities around the region,” said Chief Sheriff’s Deputy David Metusalem. “Shortly after this issue was raised, policies were modified and there have not been any problems since.”
Jaylani Hussein, executive director of CAIR in Minnesota, cheered on the “six years of courage and determination by Ms. Al-Kadi, who has fought not only for herself, but for Muslim women to be dignified and treated with respect when they encounter law enforcement.”
“Our faith asks us to stand against oppression either with our hearts, our tongues by speaking out and with our hands,” said Asma Mohammed, advocacy director for Reviving the Islamic Sisterhood for Empowerment.
“Aida did all of those things. She didn’t just do this for herself, she did this because she knew that moving forward, other Muslim women deserve dignity when they are detained, that they deserve dignity no matter where they are,” Mohammed added.
Creeping Sharia law is on the rise with different legal standards being applied to individuals adhering to the Islamic faith. Anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has to be very happy at this decisions and the implications it will have throughout the nation.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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