Muslim group wants Michigan assault investigation

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. A Muslim civil rights group is calling on Michigan authorities 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 on Saturday. It says they attempted to pull her dress and face veil off before knocking her down and shouting expletives at her.

The group says she was hospitalized for 36 hours for chest pain and numbness in her left arm.

A Meridian Township police officer tells the Lansing State Journal authorities responded to an assault complaint at the mall Saturday. He declined to discuss details. He says the investigation is open and no arrests had been made by Monday afternoon.

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