Cop makes woman remove religious wig

June 20, 2008 4:29:17 PM PDT
A New York town supervisor is apologizing to an Orthodox Jewish woman after a police officer ordered her to remove her wig for a mug shot.The woman and her husband objected, saying the wig was a religious requirement. Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St.

Lawrence says the woman wept as the officer insisted.

St. Lawrence says Ramapo police are trained to respect religious and cultural beliefs and the officer should have known the religious nature of the wig. He has ordered new programs in police sensitivity training.

The officer, Jonathan Quinn, is to go before a police board next week. The photo is to be destroyed.

The supervisor says the Orthodox couple were being arraigned late Thursday on a minor fraud charge.