According to Powell's suit, she was arrested in May 2015 after a routine traffic stop turned up several misdemeanor warrants for her arrest-one she was unaware of, and two others stemming from her sister's fraudulent use of her name.
A California city has agreed to pay $85,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a Muslim woman whose hijab was forcibly removed by the police.
Her husband requested a female officer handle the arrest, but the arresting officers denied the request and told Ms Powell that she had to remove her hijab. Police originally banned inmates from wearing head scarves.
Powell did not receive her hijab back until she was released from jail 24 hours later.
Rifahie said her client had no recollection of a warrant being sent out for a petty theft offense in 2002. His request that a police search has been rejected and she has not had the right to keep her veil in police custody.
The Long Beach City Council voted on Tuesday to pay the settlement, which covers damages to Powell and her attorney's fees.
After she was booked at the Long Beach police station, officers removed her hijab while in the view of male officers and inmates.
"Mrs. Powell is wearing the veil in the context of his religious beliefs and was forced to spend the night on her head when she was in detention".
'She felt that the male officers and male inmates had seen parts of her body that they should not have seen, according to her religious beliefs'.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced the settlement in a press release praising Powell.
Under the act, "individuals, houses of worship, and other religious institutions" are protected "from discrimination in zoning and landmarking laws", according to the Department of Justice.
Now female officers are required to remove the headscarves of female inmates "when necessary for officer safety", and away from male officers and inmates, Long Beach assistant city attorney Monte Machit told the Los Angeles Times. The religious head covering would then be returned to the inmate.