Bloomberg Law
Nov. 19, 2018, 7:21 PM

Mich. City Can Withhold Headscarf-Free Booking Pic

Jennifer Bennett
Associate Legal Editor

A Michigan city didn’t violate civil rights laws when it denied a journalist’s request for a booking photo showing a Muslim woman without a headscarf.

Journalist Deborah Schlussel’s civil rights weren’t violated when Dearborn Heights denied her Michigan Freedom of Information Act request for a Muslim woman’s booking photo because the woman wasn’t wearing her religious headscarf, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit said Nov. 19.

City policy restricts public access to police photos of Muslim women without religious head coverings. The policy is the result of a recent civil rights case against the city for forcing ...

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