Man who pulled a Muslim traveller’s hijab pleads guilty. 

Posted on May 14, 2016


Identities.mic, Tom McKay

North Carolina man Gill Parker Payne plead guilty to a federal misdemeanor charge on March 13 after being accused of ripping a hijab off a Muslim woman’s head on a Southwest Airlines flight in December, the Guardian reported.

While removing the scarf from the woman, identified only in court documents by the initials K.A., Payne allegedly yelled “Take it off! This is America!” According to the Guardian, Payne was charged with “using force or threat of force to obstruct a Muslim woman in the free exercise of her religious beliefs.”

In a statement, Department of Justice civil rights division head Vanita Gupta touted the guilty plea as a victory for Muslims who fear discrimination: “No matter one’s faith, all Americans are entitled to peacefully exercise their religious beliefs free from discrimination and violence.” 

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