Police v. City of Newark

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Police v. City of Newark
by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Syllabus
170 F.3d 359 (3d Cir. 1999), was a case in which the City of Newark had ordered its police officers to be clean-shaven; however, it made an exception for medical conditions. Two Muslim members of the police asserted a religious belief that required them to maintain beards, and filed a lawsuit complaining that their freedom of religion was being violated. The District Court ruled in their favor, and it was affirmed by the Third Circuit, which found that the city had failed to provide a substantial justification for refusing to make accommodation for religious belief in this policy.
    

170 F.3d 359

FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICE NEWARK LODGE NO. 12; FARUQ ABDUL-AZIZ; SHAKOOR MUSTAFA

v.

CITY OF NEWARK; NEWARK POLICE DEPARTMENT; JOSEPH J. SANTIAGO, NEWARK POLICE DIRECTOR; THOMAS C. O'REILLY, NEWARK CHIEF OF POLICE, Appellants

No. 97-5542

United States Court of Appeals,
Third Circuit.


June 25, 1998, Argued

March 3, 1999, Filed

Certiorari Denied October 4, 1999


ON APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY. (D.C. Civil No. 97-02672). (District Judge: Honorable John W. Bissell).

Affirmed.

MICHELLE HOLLAR-GREGORY, DARRYL M. SAUNDERS (Argued), City of Newark, Newark, NJ, Counsel for Appellants.

ROBERT R. CANNAN (Argued), MARIO E. DIRIENZO, Spevack & Cannan, Iselin, NJ, Counsel for Appellees.

KEVIN J. HASSON (Argued), ERIC W. TREENE, ROMAN STORZER, The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Washington, DC. RONALD K. CHEN, DAVID ROCAH, American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey, Newark, NJ. STEVEN M. FREEMAN, DAVID ROSENBERG, ERICA M. BROIDO, LAUREN LEVIN, Anti-Defamation League, New York, NY, Counsel for Amici Curiae in Support of Appellees.

Before: GREENBERG, ALITO, and McKEE, Circuit Judges.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).