Douglasville Officials Settle Lisa Valentine Headscarf Case

By Lena Sullivan / AP 10/06/2011 07:08:00

Douglasville Officials Settle Lisa Valentine Headscarf Case

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Douglasville city officials agreed today to pay $27,500 in damages to a Muslim woman who was thrown in jail for refusing to remove her headscarf.

Lisa Valentine was trying to enter the Douglasville Municipal Courthouse in 2008, when an officer told her she would not be permitted to do so wearing her headscarf.

A dispute followed and Valentine was arrested.

In Wednesday’s settlement, Douglasville city officials acknowledged that Valentine did not physically fight with the officer, which she was initially accused of doing.

By Lena Sullivan / AP 10/06/2011 07:08:00