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In Montgomery v. Town of Colonie, (ND NY, Oct. 30, 2017), a New York federal district court granted qualified immunity to a male police officer who conducted a pat-down search of a Muslim woman when she was arrested.  Dismissing this portion of plaintiff’s claim for damages, the court said in part:Montgomery does not cite a single authority holding that a police officer violates the First Amendment by performing a cross-gender pat-frisk of an observant Muslim.The court however allowed plaintiff to move ahead with her Fourth Amendment and false imprisonment claims.