PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce believes his department 'was ill prepared for the types of arrests,' that occurred on the night of the Black Lives Matter protests in Portland.
Joyce's department received criticism when booking photos from the July 15th Black Lives Matter protest, depicted two Muslim women without their hijabs.
Hijab is a traditional veil worn by Muslim women when they are in the presence of adult males outside of their immediate family.
Joyce said while the policy of taking the photos was followed, one photo with and one photo without the hijab, the policy of releasing the photo with the hijab to the public, was not followed.
'Although I am completely confident in saying that there was no malice of intent from any officers...discomfort to the arrestees is unacceptable to all of us here,' said Sheriff Joyce. 'I offer my sincere apologies to any of the individuals who were at all embarrassed that evening and to the Muslim community for the appearance that we were disrespecting their religious beliefs and practices. The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office will use this experience to ensure that we improve the services we provide our community.'
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