US: Muslim woman suing Cuyahoga County – says she forced to attend Christian prayer service while in jail

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Muslim woman says Cuyahoga County jailers violated her constitutional rights by forcing her to attend Christian prayer services while she served a jail sentence, according to a federal lawsuit filed on Thursday.

Sakeena Majeed, a 24-year-old Rocky River resident, alleges county corrections officer Regina Watts forced her, under threat of solitary confinement, to attend weekly services after she was assigned to an area of the jail for low-level offenders.

Majeed’s lawsuit states that another officer whose first name she doesn’t know “openly chastised and mocked her” when she refused to actively participate in the services.

Majeed was released from the jail in June after serving a 60-day jail sentence on a misdemeanor assault conviction. She had been accused of assaulting two Cleveland police officers and a third man…