Published on July 29 2011 but still new to me.
Published: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 5:45 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, July 29, 2011 at 5:45 p.m.
A woman arrested on a domestic battery charge was initially photographed for her Alachua County jail mug shot in clothing worn by some Muslim women that covered all of her face except her eyes. But she was later rephotographed to show her face in accordance with jail policies, officials said.
The woman, LaFleur Mauvette Mohamed, 38, did not want to discuss the matter when contacted by The Sun on Friday.
Mohamed was arrested Wednesday for reportedly wrestling her daughter over a cellphone. Her daughter reported to police that Mohamed slapped her, but Mohamed denied that, according to the arrest report.
Sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said the jail booking staffer who took the initial mug shot erred on the side of caution over concern about religious freedom and allowed Mohamed’s face to be covered.
“They didn’t want to step on anybody’s rights. Once a supervisor saw that, another photo was taken,” Forgey said. “There is a policy that everyone who comes into the jail is photographed and fingerprinted for identification purposes.”