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CLEVELAND – A Muslim woman has sued a northeast Ohio county alleging she was forced to attend Christian church services during a 60-day jail stint on an assault charge.
Sakeena Majeed says in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday a correction officer made her and other Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County jail inmates attend Friday afternoon services led by a Baptist minister.
Majeed is from the Cleveland suburb Rocky River. She alleges she was threatened with solitary confinement if she didn't attend and another correction officer mocked her when she refused to actively participate in the service.
Majeed's attorney says it was a clear breach of his American-born client's constitutional right of religious freedom, which isn't lost when someone is jailed. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages.
A spokesman for the county prosecutor has declined to comment.