Is beard length a police department requirement or religious persecution?
Former recruit Fishel Litzman of Monsey said he was fired on Friday after multiple confrontations with the department over the length of his beard.
“I am being disciplined only because I maintain my religious beliefs and observances.”
Isaac Abraham, an activist in Brooklyn’s Hasidic communities, said it was a shame that allowances couldn’t be made for Litzman’s beard. The NYPD’s chief spokesman insisted they made every attempt to accommodate Litzman.
“They knew from when he took the exam and applied that he would not trim his beard. He said from the outset it was a matter of religious observance. He never made a secret of it.”
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Posted on June 9, 2012, in Announcement, ethics, Job Seeking, Labor, Legal, News, Opinion, quote, Religion, Word from Bill and tagged Beard, Brooklyn, Daily News, Hasidic Judaism, Monsey New York, Nat Lewin, New York City Police Department, Orthodox Judaism. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Is beard length a police department requirement or religious persecution?.