Baldwin Judge Dismisses Charge Against Muslim Woman Who Claimed Ethnic Profiling
Magistrate Bova decides on controversial Sept. 18 incident.
Swanson, a Muslim, was involved in a controversial incident with Baldwin Borough police officers on Sept. 18 in which Swanson said that she was a victim of ethnic profiling, according to a Dec. 6 article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Swanson and her family were dressed in traditional Muslim clothing on Sept. 18 when they were approached by Baldwin officers investigating a report of suspicious activity on River Road/East Carson Street.
Swanson has complained about the male officers touching her, saying that men are not permitted to touch women according to Muslim culture.
Baldwin police Chief Michael Scott has said that there were no female officers available. Scott has defended his officers and has said that they were not profiling.
Bova also said that he believed that the officers were not guilty of any wrongdoing, according to another Dec. 6 Post-Gazette article. However, Bova still dismissed the charge against Swanson, who appeared at Tuesday's hearing with an attorney referred to her by the American Civil Liberties Union.
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