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Muslim woman sues Chicago, police, alleging excessive force, false arrest
by Marion Renault
A woman filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Thursday against the city of Chicago and six of its police officers after she said the officers profiled her based on her religious garb and assaulted her outside a CTA train station last year.
On July Fourth, Itemid Al-Matar, who was observing Ramadan, was trying to catch the train home so she could break fast at sunset. As she was walking up the stairs to the CTA "L" stop at State and Lake streets, police officers grabbed her, unprovoked, and threw her down on the landing, the suit alleges.
According to court records, Al-Matar, 32, moved to Chicago from Saudi Arabia two years ago to study English.
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