A Muslim woman who says she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint in Cleveland on an assault charge has sued the county.
Sakeena Majeed said in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday that a correction officer made her and other Cuyahoga County jail inmates attend Friday afternoon services led by a Baptist minister. She alleged that she was threatened with solitary confinement if she did not attend and that another correction officer mocked her when she refused to actively participate.
â€śThat should be offensive to anybody, no matter what your religion is,â€ť said her attorney Matthew Besser, who filed the lawsuit. â€śThe government canâ€™t tell you what god to pray to or to pray at all.â€ť
Majeedâ€™s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. A county prosecutorâ€™s spokesman, Joe Frolik, declined to comment about it on Friday.
Majeed, of suburban Rocky River, was sentenced to the county jail on 3 April after pleading guilty to assault. She was arrested on her lunch hour on 18 July, 2013, after getting into a confrontation with a police officer who had stopped her for jaywalking, Besser said. Records show she was indicted on charges of felonious assault, assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. Her sentence began 11 April.