04/09/2009

Pa. court upholds police uniform guidelines

By Dwight Ott
Philadelphia Inquirer

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Judge: Philly PD can bar officer from wearing Muslim head scarf

PHILADELPHIA — A federal appeals court has upheld the Philadelphia Police Department's policy that forbids officers to wear Muslim head scarves on the job.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruling, issued Tuesday, affirmed a lower court's ruling in a 2005 lawsuit filed by Officer Kimberlie Webb of the 35th Police District. Webb, who became a Sunni Muslim two years after joining the force in 1995, contended that the ban on the scarves, known as hijabs, violated her civil rights.

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