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A Muslim American woman in Michigan state has filed a lawsuit against the County Sheriff for forcing to remove her hijab.

Fatima Dacroub, a resident of Dearborn Heights of Michigan, said the incident was the worst experience of her life.

According to International Business Times, Dakroub was on vacation at the Lake Michigan Sand Dunes with her children and relatives on May 17 when a sheriff’s deputy pulled her over while she was driving a rented vehicle, before arresting, booking and forcing her to remove her hijab.

“It felt really insulting and humiliating,” Dakroub told reporters Thursday.

“You feel so violated and you can’t do anything. I was scared that if I opposed what they were asking me, then something bad might happen, like what we’ve seen on TV. They might do something and then say that I resisted.”

In addition to the arrest, officers contacted immigration officials. Though Dakroub was driving with a United Arab Emirates license, she is a U.S. citizen.

Three male officers were present during the booking when she was asked to remove the headscarf, said Dakroub, who then requested a female officer to assist her during the process to no avail.

She was led to a holding cell without the garment, where she said she was ridiculed by police.

The lawsuit was sent to the U.S. District Court in Western Michigan alleging the sheriff's department had violated Dakroub’s first amendment rights.

The Arab-American Civil Rights League is asking that police officers receive better training to handle sensitive, multi-cultural situations.


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