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Muslim woman sues county jail after being forced to attend Christian church service

Sakeena Majeed sits in the living room of her mother's home in Cleveland Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The 24-year-old Muslim woman has filed a federal lawsuit against Cuyahoga County, alleging she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Sakeena Majeed sits in the living room of her mother’s home in Cleveland Friday, Dec. 19, 2014. The 24-year-old Muslim woman has filed a federal lawsuit against Cuyahoga County, alleging she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Well what can we expect from the state of US prisons, but still shocking nonetheless. It is good to see her standing up for her rights. But I am sure somehow the rightwing and liberal Islamophobes will find a way to blame her.

Muslim woman sues county jail after being forced to attend Christian church service

Associated Press in Cleveland theguardian.com, Friday 19 December 2014 21.26 GMT

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.

“That should be offensive to anybody, no matter what your religion is,” said her attorney Matthew Besser, who filed the lawsuit. “The government can’t tell you what god to pray to or to pray at all.”

Majeed’s lawsuit seeks unspecified damages. A county prosecutor’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.

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  • downwithpants

    Yeah I kinda figured that would happen…..it must of sucked being the torturer because I don’t think I could bring myself to torture a dude that did something so funny….if that video was on America’s funniest home videos it would win the $10000 easy

  • Razainc_aka_BigBoss

    He was tortured and jailed and eventually released.

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