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A Muslim woman who works as a Philadelphia police officer is not entitled to wear a religious headscarf, a federal judge has ruled, because the department’s policy that forbids religious garb is designed to maintain “religious neutrality.”

In his 17-page opinion in Webb v. City of Philadelphia, Chief U.S. District Judge Harvey Bartle III held that the police department’s blanket policy forbidding officers from wearing any religious garb does not violate plaintiff Kimberlie Webb’s religious-freedom rights.

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