You Can Now Wear a Turban in Nashville’s Courthouse

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office is changing its policies regarding religious head coverings at the courthouses or in jail.
Hedy Weinberg, the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee, said in a news release Tuesday that the sheriff’s office rewrote its policies after the ACLU contended current practices violate the First Amendment and federal and state law.
Weinberg said a Muslim woman was required to remove her headscarf for a booking photo and a Muslim man was ordered to remove his head covering before entering a courthouse.
Karla Weikal, a sheriff’s spokeswoman, said two booking photos can be taken, one including head coverings and one with only veils removed. The second change allows people visiting the courthouse to wear religious head coverings after a security screening.

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