US inmate sues over cutting dreadlocks
A US inmate is taking his captors to court to stop them cutting his dreadlocks, saying it goes against his religion.Cutting an imprisoned US killer's dreadlocks violates his civil rights and impedes his ability to practise his religion, according to a lawsuit.
The complaint filed on behalf of prisoner Cecil Koger says his faith of Rastafarianism requires him to wear his hair in dreadlocks.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has forcibly cut Koger's hair five times, including an incident a year ago when he was subdued with chemical spray and shackled, according to the lawsuit.
The prison system declined to comment. Prison rules ban "hair disproportionately longer in one area than another, weaves and dreadlocks".Powerful winds raise California fire risk
The lawsuit seeks to have the prison system's ban on dreadlocks declared illegal and to force the agency to recognise Rastafarianism as a religion.
Koger, 35, is serving a 33-year sentence in an Ohio prison for murder and robbery.