MERIDAN TWP. (WWJ/AP) – A Muslim civil rights group wants police to investigate a reported attack on a Muslim woman as a possible hate crime.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations says three people allegedly attacked a 26-year-old woman in a shopping mall parking lot in Meridian Township, near Lansing, around 12:30 p.m. Saturday.READ MORE: Whitmer Spoke About The Economic Jumpstart Plan Wednesday During The Macomb County Chamber Luncheon
A council spokesperson said the suspects, two men and a woman, attempted to pull the victim’s dress and face veil off before knocking her down and shouting obscenities at her.
CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid said the woman was hospitalized for 36 hours for chest pain and numbness in her left arm.READ MORE: DPD Animal Month Features Michigan’s Only Dedicated Bomb Squad K-9
“We urge state, local and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible bias motive for this troubling incident and to make every effort to bring the alleged perpetrators to justice,” Walid said in a statement. “We urge public officials to speak out against the anti-Muslim hate that can lead to such attacks.”
Police are investigating the incident, but have made no arrests. Authorities declined to discuss further details.MORE NEWS: 6 More 'MI Shot To Win' Sweepstakes Winners Announced Aug. 4
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