Charges Against Muslims in Playland Clash to Be Dropped

The disturbance began after Muslim women were told they couldn't wear religious headscarves on some rides.

Tuesday, Jan 24, 2012  |  Updated 4:02 PM EDT
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Fifteen Muslims arrested after an amusement park scuffle in the New York City suburbs are set to have charges against them dismissed.     

A Rye Town Court judge told the defendants on Tuesday that their cases will be dropped if they stay out of trouble for two months.     

The disturbance at Playland Park began after Muslim women were told they couldn't wear religious headscarves on some rides.     

The women were among about 3,000 Muslims at the park on Aug. 30. They were celebrating the end of Islam's holy month of Ramadan. Officials say Playland bans baseball caps, eyeglasses and other headgear on several fast rides.   

The county police commissioner said in September that a flash mob generated by text messaging escalated the disturbance.     

The charges ranged from disorderly conduct to assault. 

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