CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge says a Muslim woman has made plausible claims that Chicago police violated her rights by mistakenly identifying her last year as a potential “lone wolf” terrorist as she left a subway station.
The Chicago ruling means Itemid Al-Matar’s lawsuit alleging officers pulled off her headscarf and face veil and strip-searched her can proceed. It rejects the city’s request to dismiss the suit.
The seven-page ruling posted Friday says such suits require credible evidence that city policy underpinned the violations. It says Al-Matar “plausibly alleged” the city hadn’t trained officers “regarding religious sensitivity.”
A police report said officers were “on high alert of terrorist activity” on the Fourth of July. Al-Matar was wearing religious garb and carrying a backpack. It added that officers believed Al-Matar was acting “suspiciously.”
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