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Muslim woman sues Cleveland police for making her attend Christian service in jail

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A 24-year-old Muslim woman sued Cleveland police for allegedly forcing her to attend a Christian service under threat of solitary confinement, the Guardian reported.

Sakeena Majeed’s lawsuit against Cuyahoga County Sheriff Frank Bova and corrections Officer Regina Watts accused Watts of making Majeed and other prisoners attend the Friday afternoon services. Majeed was also ignored by an unidentified supervisory officer when she brought up the issue.

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“That should be offensive to anybody, no matter what your religion is,” said Majeed’s attorney, Matthew Besser. “The government can’t tell you what god to pray to or to pray at all.”

Majeed was serving a 60-day sentence for assault on a police officer at the time of the alleged incident, in connection with a confrontation with a local police officer who stopped her while jaywalking. Majeed was also indicted for felonious assault and resisting arrest. She served her sentence earlier this year in a low-security area known as a “trustee unit.”

Bova told Northeast Media Group that the county jail also has services for inmates who practice Islam, and that other religions have services within the facility.

“We accommodate every faith up there, and no one is forced to go to any service,” he said. “It’s all voluntary.”

The suit accuses Bova and his staff of violating Majeed’s rights under the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, as well as her right to freedom of religion under the First Amendment, and also names Cuyahoga County as a defendant.

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“She grew up in Kansas, and she’s American as apple pie,” Besser said. “She just has a different religion than most people.”


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Russia’s top coronavirus doctor tests positive for COVID-19 after shaking hands with Putin

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The head of Moscow's main coronavirus hospital who met with President Vladimir Putin a week ago has tested positive, he said Tuesday, as the Kremlin announced the Russian leader's health was fine.

Last Tuesday Denis Protsenko met with the Russian leader who inspected the Kommunarka hospital while wearing a bright yellow hazmat suit. But the 67-year-old Putin was also seen talking to Protsenko without any protective gear.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov swiftly told Russian news agencies that Putin took regular tests and there was no reason to worry about his health.

"Everything is fine," Peskov said.

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Florida sheriff investigating daily leads into ‘Tiger King’ disappearance

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast reported that Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister is now investigating "six leads a day" into the whereabouts of Don "Jack" Lewis, the man whose mysterious disappearance was a key point of the events of the explosive new Netflix documentary, "Tiger King."

Since @netflix and #Covid19 #Quarantine has made #TigerKing all the rage, I figured it was a good time to ask for new leads. #CaroleBaskin #DonLewis #Netflix #Tiger #BigCatRescue #JoeExotic #TigerKingNetflix #HCSO pic.twitter.com/LHoJcBZVOI

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Trump-loving Florida pastor claims someone shot at his church after his arrest for defying coronavirus lockdown

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In the wake of his arrest for holding packed services at his church in Tampa, Florida, Pastor Rodney Howard-Brown says he's now the target of death threats.

During a Facebook Live broadcast, Howard-Brown blamed the threats on “religious bigotry and hatred" in the media, also claiming that someone fired gun shots at his church's sign.

"The media are stirring up every kind of religious bigotry and hatred right now," he said. "People firing shots last night at the church sign from the highway. We went this morning there was no bullet holes. We did report it but the police say unless you can show where the bullet landed, but I mean the guys, security were there. They could hear the gun going off and then the death threats, to the ministry and to the staff. It’s beyond the pale. So people have basically, literally lost their ever-loving minds."

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