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St. Paul police join Muslims in denouncing photo
An Internet-spread photo of a St. Paul Police officer wearing lipstick and a hijab, the traditional outfit for Muslim women, has angered community activists and spurred a department investigation.
"I was literally sick to my stomach," said Ramla Bile of Minneapolis. "My identity is not a costume, and it's not OK for cultures to be turned into caricatures."
Police Chief Thomas Smith immediately opened an investigation. Police spokesman Howie Padilla confirmed that an officer is depicted in the picture, but could not release his identity Monday.
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