Apr 29 2015
Ismahan Isse has wanted to be a police officer for years. She prepared herself by earning an associate degree in criminal justice and entered the Columbus police academy in December. She lasted until March.
Dispatch Isse, 29, is a Somali and a Muslim. The Police Division does not allow officers to wear head scarves and refused to change its policy for her. When she dropped out of the academy, “I told them the main reason was the scarf,” she said. She would like to return, but her head covering, or hijab, is important to her identity. “I want to remain myself,” she said. (Then go back to Somalia where you belong)
Other police departments in U.S. cities have made accommodations for head scarves as they try to recruit candidates from increasingly diverse communities (to the detriment of the white majority).
Mayor Michael B. Coleman has asked Columbus safety officials to re-examine the city’s policy after The Dispatch inquired about it for this story. Coleman thinks the policy could affect recruiting, his spokesman, Tyneisha Harden, said. “We are trying to diversify the police unit. (In other words, we are lowering our standards for diversity) We want to take a look at what other cities are doing.”
That’s appropriate, said City Councilman Zach Klein, who leads the public safety and judiciary committee. The city should always aim to maximize diversity because a workforce that reflects the community “is one of the many solutions toward improving police and community relations,” Klein said. (And considering that Obama is flooding the country with Somali Muslim thugs, terrorists, rapists and welfare whores, diversity is the least of our problems)
Columbus police spokeswoman Denise Alex-Bouzounis said the division does not allow head scarves for two reasons: so officers look the same and portray an “impartial appearance,” and for safety. Officers are required, at times, to wear helmets and gas masks, and the gas masks won’t fit over and around head scarves, Sgt. Rich Weiner said. A scarf also could be used to try to strangle an officer, Weiner said. Male officers wear clip-on ties to avoid that danger.
Napoleon Bell, executive director of the Columbus Community Relations Commission, said he was saddened when Isse left the academy. Her trainers “said she was doing really well — just as well and even better than some of the guys,” Bell said. “I’m hopeful she’ll change her mind, because she would be a great example for others.”
When members of his staff talked to Isse about why she had dropped out, she didn’t mention the head scarf but spoke of family obligations — she has three young children — and possibly wanting to choose a different career, Bell said.
Columbus has struggled with recruiting minority candidates, including African-Americans, immigrants and refugees, Bell said. (Just lower your standards like all good leftists do)
A Somali man made it into the Columbus police academy before Isse but failed some of the training requirements, Bell said. “We really want to remove the barriers so more people of different backgrounds and from all over the world apply to our fire and police forces,” he said.
Columbus has the second-largest Somali population in the U.S. — an estimated 40,000 — but the Police Division has never had a Somali officer, said Hassan Omar, who leads the Somali Community Association of Ohio. “The city hasn’t embraced or encouraged new Americans of any nationality to be a part of its police presence, and that’s disgraceful,” he said. (No, it’s called self-preservation)
The Ohio chapter of the designated terrorist group CAIR – Council on American-Islamic Relations – pushed for and received an allowance last year for a corrections officer in Cleveland to wear her hijab at work, staff attorney Romin Iqbal said.
During the past 20 years, CAIR has helped employees reconcile their religion with their workplace in several fields, spokesman Ibrahim Hooper said. “I can’t recall a case where we haven’t been able to reach a reasonable accommodation.” (Reasonable as in good for muslims, bad for Americans)