Man claiming court security told him to remove kufi suing - KMSP-TV

Man claiming court security told him to remove kufi suing

Posted: Updated:
Khalil Fareed (Credit: WJBK) Khalil Fareed (Credit: WJBK)
DEARBORN, Mich. (WJBK) -

Khalil Fareed is Muslim and wears a headdress called a kufi to symbolize his religious faith, but he says his religious freedom was violated back in May when he tried to attend a hearing at 36th District Court.

"She told me you can't wear that cap in here, the security guard. So I said this is not a cap, it's a kufi. It's for religious purposes. It's not for fashion, and I just sat back down."

Fareed said the security guard told him to leave, even got her supervisor involved and they insisted he remove his kufi while in the courtroom.

Fareed, a longtime realtor, was there assisting a friend with a landlord-tenant dispute, but he said he was made to feel as though he did something wrong.

"He was discriminated upon, harassed, intimidated and made to feel like less than a human being simply because of wearing his kufi, his religious attire," said attorney Nabih Ayad.

He has filed suit in federal court against G4S Secure Solutions, the company that employees the two security guards in questions. He alleges they violated Fareed's First Amendment rights.

Fareed wrote to Judge Marilyn Atkins and told her what had happened in her courtroom before she took the bench. She wrote back, apologized, and said she never instructs court officers to deny a person from wearing a clothing item that is worn for religious purposes.

36th District Court confirmed kufis are allowed, but fashion hats are not.

Meanwhile, G4S Secure Solutions issued a statement. It said, "This matter has just been brought to our attention. G4S is committed to ensuring that all members of the public who encounter our security officers are treated with dignity and respect. A full investigation will be conducted and appropriate action will be taken."

As for Fareed, he wants that action to be a lesson.

"What they need to do is give these companies some civics 101 in constitutional rights. That's what I would like to see done."

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Is Detroit's '313' on the way out?

    Is Detroit's '313' on the way out?

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:27 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:27:13 GMT
    The 313 telephone prefix is expected to expire in the next few years.
    The 313 telephone prefix is expected to expire in the next few years.
  • High-end jewelry store robbed in West Bloomfield, 3 suspects sought

    High-end jewelry store robbed in West Bloomfield, 3 suspects sought

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:58 AM EDT2014-04-23 11:58:22 GMT
    Authorities are looking for three suspects who stole thousands of dollars worth of items from Tapper's Diamonds & Fine Jewelry in West Bloomfield.
    Authorities are looking for three suspects who stole thousands of dollars worth of items from Tapper's Diamonds & Fine Jewelry in West Bloomfield.
  • Feds investigating brakes on Chevrolet Impala

    Feds investigating brakes on Chevrolet Impala

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 7:27 AM EDT2014-04-23 11:27:34 GMT
    DETROIT (AP) -- Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning. The driver says that in one instance, the Impala was traveling at 40 miles per hour with no one in front of it when the brakes activated. The car was struck in the rear by another vehicle. No injuries were reported. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the investigation to determine whether ...
    DETROIT (AP) -- Federal regulators are investigating the 2014 Chevrolet Impala after a driver reported that the emergency braking system activated multiple times without warning. The driver says that in one instance, the Impala was traveling at 40 miles per hour with no one in front of it when the brakes activated. The car was struck in the rear by another vehicle. No injuries were reported. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the investigation to determine whether ...
Powered by WorldNow

KMSP-TV
11358 Viking Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344

Phone: (952) 944-9999
Fax: (952) 942-0455

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices