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Muslim woman sues Chicago, 6 officers for false terrorist ID

A Muslim woman is suing the city of Chicago and six officers who falsely singled her out as a potential terrorist.

world Updated: Aug 12, 2016 10:55 IST
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Muslim women take part in a rally at National Mall in Washington. A Muslim woman is suing the city of Chicago and six officers who falsely singled her out as a potential terrorist.
Muslim women take part in a rally at National Mall in Washington. A Muslim woman is suing the city of Chicago and six officers who falsely singled her out as a potential terrorist.(AFP)

A Muslim woman is suing the city of Chicago and six officers who falsely singled her out as a potential terrorist on July 4, 2015, as she left a subway station wearing a headscarf, face veil and carrying a backpack.

Itemid Al-Matar’s federal lawsuit filed on Thursday says officers pulled off her religious garb, arrested her and later strip-searched her. The 32-year-old was acquitted of obstructing justice.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says “blatant xenophobia, Islamophobia and racial profiling” motivated the arrest.

A public police report says officers “were on high alert of terrorist activity” on the national holiday and that Al-Matar was exhibiting “suspicious behaviour.”

The CPD declined to comment but said in a statement that police “strive to treat all individuals with the highest levels of dignity of respect.”