Dec 6 2011
A judge has dropped disorderly conduct charges against a local woman who says she was racially profiled by police after converting to the Muslim religion. (What ‘race’ is the Muslim religion?)
CBS NEWS Krysti Swanson appeared in court this morning dressed in traditional Muslim black garbage bag to face the charges stemming from a confrontation with a Baldwin police officer back in September.
Police had received a tip that a masked gang was loitering in a known trouble spot near the railroad tracks along West Carson Street. When officers arrived, they found Swanson along with her husband and two children dressed in masked potato sacks as required by their Muslim religion and picking flowers along the tracks.
Swanson reportedly got into a shouting match with the officer and was charged with disorderly conduct. At a hearing this morning, though, the judge dropped the charge — saying that while police were doing their job investigating the report, both sides need to be more sensitive to the other. (CRAP)
The ACLU attorney says Swanson suffers from an anxiety disorder and has been stopped by police in the area on other occasions while wearing the traditional Muslim clothing. (Her only disorder is becoming a Muslim. Have you checked her body for signs of spousal abuse?)
While Baldwin police had no comment on today’s hearing, Chief Michael Scott told our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that Swanson “was indignant about being stopped, even though they were on private property.
SEE VIDEO HERE: Woman Who Says She Was Racially Profiled In Court