Muslim State Trooper Awaits Ruling on Police Ban on Beards

October 24, 2001

Source: The Hartford Courant

On October 24, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported that "the state Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities is expected to decide soon whether the state police ban on beards violates a Muslim state trooper's religious freedom, a contention the state police union does not support. Ahmed Abdul-Kaliq, 40, of Hamden, filed the complaint two years ago, but after a recent hearing, the commission is reportedly close to a decision, state police say."