A Baldwin State Prison inmate filed a federal lawsuit Thursday alleging his rights have been violated by prison guards who have forced him to cut the “sacred dreadlocks” he grew as a follower of the Rastafarian faith.
Bryan Kawand Sims is seeking relief that will allow him to grow his hair 3 feet and to have a 1-inch “patch” on his chin, according to the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia…
Sims claims he is forced or threatened to cut his hair and shave weekly.
[MMH note: this Ethiopian Hebrew is being denied his Human Right to religious freedom and expression. On behalf of the global Rastafari people, we extend full support to the brother who has been forced to take litigious action against the illegal and unlawful removal of his religious identity. His locks are clearly recognized in the Bible (Book of Numbers, Chapter 6, verse 5) sworn on by all people entering US courts. Will follow this story and pray for the wendim and all InI who are in Roman custody at this time. Shalom]