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Muslim NYPD officer fights suspension for refusing to shave his beard
by Victoria Bekiempis
A Muslim cop is fighting the NYPD's "discriminatory" decision to suspend him for refusing to shave his beard.
Masood Syed, a 10-year NYPD veteran and lawyer who works as a law clerk for the department, was told by his bosses Monday that he had to shave his beard, which he wears between one-half and 1 inch in observance of his Sunni Muslim faith.
While the NYPD maintains a "no beard" policy, facial hair up to 1 millimeter (about four-hundredths of an inch) is the unofficial exception for religious purposes, Syed's lawyers said in a civil complaint filed in Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday.
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