Friday, April 28, 2006

Muslim woman pleads guilty to battery charge

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. A 24-year-old Muslim woman who says police pulled off her religious headscarf during an arrest last year has pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery.Rehana Khan was arrested by Arlington Heights police at an immigration rights demonstration last October.
She says three officers tore off her hijab (hih-JAHB') -- or religious headscarf.
But Arlington Heights police say Khan attacked the officers, hitting one in the face and two in the shoulders.
Khan and three other protesters pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor battery charges.
A Rolling Meadows judge sentenced them to 240 hours of community service each and a year of court supervision. They also had to pay court fees.
They had faced a maximum sentence of a year in jail.
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