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Islamophobia in police departments addressed by latest lawsuit


A lawsuit addressing anti-Muslim sentiment in the San Jose Police Department could be reaching a settlement.

According to The Mercury News, Nabil Haidar could receive a $400,000 settlement after filing a lawsuit in 2018 alleging that he had been the target of anti-Muslim insults and comments since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

In one instance, Haidar recalled a comment a sergeant made after the captain recognized veterans in November 2017.

“Captain, you forgot to mention Nabil. He is an ISIS veteran. He was with ISIS for two years,” the sergeant said.

The $400,000 is currently a proposed settlement figure. Haidar’s attorneys declined to comment to The Mercury News.

Anti-Muslim sentiment from police against the American people has been documented before. An investigation from the Southern Poverty Law Center published in December 2022 revealed that California cops and prison guards watched and anti-Muslim video.

A 2015 report from Al Jazeera also detailed Islamophobic comments officers endured from their colleagues. Haidar’s case is one of the few lawsuits addressing the issue.

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