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    The Council on American-Islamic Relations said that a Muslim female sued the Chicago Police Department for the use of excessive force, violation of human rights, and freedom of religious expression, after six officers ripped off her hijab at a train station last year.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — A Muslim female sued the Chicago Police Department (CPD) for the use of excessive force, violation of human rights, and freedom of religious expression, after six officers ripped off her hijab at a train station last year, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Chicago chapter said in a press release.

    “Itemid Al-Matar, trying to catch the train home, was physically assaulted, harassed, publicly strip-searched, humiliated, and falsely arrested by several police officers from the Chicago Police Department,” the release stated on Thursday.

    Al-Matar, who moved to Chicago from Saudi Arabia, was charged with reckless conduct and several counts of obstructing justice, but found not guilty on June 30, media reported, citing court documents.

    CAIR claims that Al-Matar was prosecuted based on race, religion, and other identity-based factors.

    The US Department of Justice is currently investigating the case.


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