Police arrest 15 at Playland in dispute over Muslim headwear

Posted Wednesday, August 31, 2011 12:22 PM | Contributed by Lankster

A melee broke out Tuesday afternoon at Playland Amusement Park when Muslim visitors became angry that the park was enforcing its ban on headgear by prohibiting the women from wearing their traditional head coverings on some rides. Police from at least nine agencies converged on the park beginning at 3 p.m. after county police sought assistance in responding to the disturbance, which involved 30 to 40 people.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011 2:17 PM

I had a lot of friends at the event. They tell me this is a classic case of a minority of jerks ruining the day. Most women complied with the policy and enjoyed the day.

The police response was reasonable since they had no clue how the violence would escalate. We know what happened at the WI fair a few weeks back. Always best to have too many than not enough in these mob mentality situations.

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