News NYPD cop Masood Syed wins right to wear a beard

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  1. dawg

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    they got Muzzie cops in NY? Do they self profile? :lmao:

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    Masood Syed loved his job as a police officer in the US’s most diverse city.

    As a Muslim, he was also very attached to his beard.

    This week, the 32-year-old found himself at the centre of legal battle after a judge ordered the New York Police Department (NYPD) to reinstate the officer after he had been suspended for 30 days over his beard.

    On Monday, Mr Syed had been suspended from work and escorted from the department’s headquarters after it was deemed that his beard was more than 1mm in length and therefore breached regulations. Mr Syed said he had worn a 1-inch beard for most of his 10-year career, and had only occasionally drawn critical comments.

    On Wednesday, a judge ruled that the force reinstate Mr Syed and pay him any money or benefits that had been withheld. US District Judge Kevin Castel criticised the city and issued a restraining order to allow Mr Syed to work until another hearing on July 8.

    “I am very relieved,” Mr Syed told CBS, after the ruling, as he celebrated his 32nd birthday.

    Brooklyn patrol officer Rohail Kahlid, who has a beard about a half-an-inch long, said that enforcement of the rule could often be arbitrary.


    “It becomes an issue on and off. It depends on who’s the boss,” he said,

    Mr Syed, who is of Pakistani heritage, said two uniformed supervisors escorted him from his office where he works as a law clerk to administrative judges, sometimes preparing legal documents for the police commissioner about disciplinary issues. “It was extremely humiliating,” he Syed. “I felt insulted, frankly.”

    He said he hoped his lawsuit, which seeks class-action status, would help more than 100 police employees who find the religious exception to the department’s no-beard policy insufficient because they say the length of the beard allowed is not reasonable.

    The lawsuit seeks unspecified financial damages and a court order banning the NYPD from enforcing its beard policy until it provides reasonable religious accommodations.

    City attorney Michael Fleming said the beard ban was necessary. Besides for religious reasons, exceptions exist for undercover duties and medical conditions. Occupational Health and Safety Administration regulations require annual fit-testing and prohibit respirators for employees with facial hair.

    The judge became impatient as he questioned Fleming about the policy and the departments failure to respond to a December 2015 request by 37 police officers for an exception to the no-beard policy.

    “The court is troubled by the fact it cannot get an answer,” he said.

    Joshua Moskovitz, a lawyer representing representing Syed, told Mr Castel the department’s policy violated the First Amendment and threatened Mr Syed’s job, retirement benefits and reputation. He said the department took Mr Syed’s badge and weapon on Tuesday before he “was escorted out in front of his friends and colleagues.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/w...syed-wins-right-to-wear-a-beard-a7097501.html
     
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    It's the beginning of the end! :facepalm:
     
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    Religious accommodation. If a person has a sincerely held religious belief and the accomodtion is at a de minimus cost the employee has to accommodate.
     
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    Didn't some Jewish cop sue at some point for something similar?
     
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    First male cop in a skirt is just around the corner:facepalm:
     
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    I had a beard for a week
    drove me insane
     
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    Found it...

    Judge Rules NYPD Has To Allow Chabad Hasidic Officer To Have Untrimmed Beard, Despite Dangers It Poses To Citizens, Other Officers
    [​IMG]Fishel Litzman, a Chabad hasid fired in 2012 by the NYPD for refusing to cut his beard, won his federal lawsuit against the city Friday.
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    Judge Rules NYPD Has To Allow Hasidic Officer To Have Long Beard, Despite Dangers It Poses To Citizens, Other Officers
    Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

    A Chabad hasid fired in 2012 by the NYPD for refusing to cut his beard has won his federal lawsuit against the city Friday, the New York Daily News reported.

    “I want people to know that you can follow your dreams and never have to compromise your religion. That’s what makes this county so great,” the 39-year-old former rookie cop Fishel Litzman reportedly said.
    Chabad theology prohibts trimming beards.

    Litzman was reportedly a month shy of graduating from the Police Academy when the NYPD fired him.

    NYPD regulations limit beards to no more than 1 millimeter in length.

    The NYPD and the city claimed that Litzman would put himself and others at risk if he needed to wear a gas mask because his facial hair would cause the mask to improperly seal creating a danger to Litzman and to the fellow officers he works with and to the citizens he was sworn to protect.

    Nathan Lewin, Litzman’s attorney, argued that was a manufactured “after-the-fact rationalization” – even though the Government of Israel has made the exact same point about its gas masks and, during the last crisis, refused to distribute them to haredim who had not shaved.

    Federal Judge Harold Baer reportedly ruled that the NYPD would suffer an “undue hardship” if every officer wasn’t capable of wearing a gas mask that properly seals without the interference of facial hair.

    But Baer also reportedly noted that the NYPD could not provide documentation that the 1-millimeter restriction is actually an official NYPD regulation. He also pointed out that the NYPD failed to enforce the facial hair regulation against undercover officers and other cops not claiming a religious exemption.

    Baer criticized the NYPD and told Lewin to submit a “proposed order” within 10 days.

    “We’re going to ask that he be reinstated. We hope this is the beginning of the end of the [NYPD’s] refusal to grant full religious accommodations to applicants who may not, for religious reasons, trim their beards,” Lewin – who has also fought beard and yarmulke battles for haredi military personnel – reportedly said.

    The NYPD disagreed with Baer’s ruling.

    “We respectfully disagree with the court and are considering our options,” and NYPD legal department spokesperson reportedly said.

    Litzman just wants to get back to work.

    “The primary objective was always to get back into the academy and do what I always dreamed of doing,” Litzman reportedly said.
     
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    Orthodox Jews have to be given off from dusk till dawn on their Sabbath
     
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    All these stupid religions and their fckn rules
     
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    Next thing you know he'll be slaughtering a goat on the hood of his police cruiser.
     
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    He's going to regret this when some dude he's trying to arrest gets a good fistful of beard.
     
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    ever eat it?
    it's ok
     
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    I wish someone told me growing up that a government job was lifelong employment unable to get fired, benefits up the wazoo.. what a fucking joke..'public servant' my smelly asshole
     
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    Do they have other demands like not allowing their partners to eat bacon in the cruiser?
     
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    whats the height regulation on that big poofy hipster hair coif? Is this the arabic elvis or what.
     
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    is fucking it good too?..no thanks
     
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    fuck animals?
    i'm not German

    it's a little gamey as a food I find however
     
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    skys the limit...a slap at the twin towers I'm thinking
     
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    it's real simple. you don't like the dress code, go away! but no, these assholes have to join and then whine about restrictions.