Sheriff apologises for photos of Muslim women without hijabs

2016-09-15 21:01
Hijabs on models in a market. (iStock)

Hijabs on models in a market. (iStock)

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Portland - The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office has apologised for the improper release of booking photographs that showed two Muslim protesters with their hijabs removed.

Sheriff Kevin Joyce said on Wednesday that jail officers followed the correct protocol, but released the wrong photos to the public after the women were arrested at a Black Lives Matter protest in Portland.

Four Muslim women were among the 17 people arrested during the July 15 protest organised by the Portland Racial Justice Congress. But when the group's booking photographs were released, only two were shown wearing hijabs.

A hijab is a traditional head scarf worn by Muslim women when in the presence of adult males outside their families.

Joyce apologised in a statement that said the department was "ill prepared for the types of arrests".

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