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Arrests in Playland Incident Could Lead to Lawsuits
by Arun Venugopal
The 15 people arrested at Rye Playland last week are considering legal action against Westchester County, according to their lawyer. The arrests took place after Muslim attendees at the amusement park became irate when women in their group were told they would not be able to go on rides if they were wearing headscarves.
Attorney Lamis Jamal Deek, who represents all 15 men and women, said litigation is "a real possibility, especially if we don't see any reasonableness on the part of the District Attorney's office" in dismissing the charges against her clients.
"And considering the circumstances, especially in light of the fact that it was not until the arrival of the police department and law enforcement officials that the situation worsened and became physical, we hope that the district attorney's office would do its best to resolve this in the most just and fair and timely manner as possible, and we look forward to that resolution," Deek said.
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