An innocent woman was tackled, beaten and strip-searched last year by Chicago stops as she rushed to catch a train last year. She was mistaken as being a terrorist, and it had everything to do with the fact she is a Muslim.
The incident occurred on July 4th, 2015, and is finally going to trial this month. Itemad “Angel” Almatar was charged with reckless conduct and resisting arrest for the incident.
But if you watch the video, it’s fairly clear that Altar was doing anything criminal during the event.
She was found not guilty of all charges on Wednesday.
Altar says she had her hijab taken off of her and was kicked by five Chicago police officers.
“They asked me why I put my food inside my bag, why I’m Muslim, why I’m fasting, why I’m wearing these clothes, why I cover my body.”
According to the prosecutors in the case, Almatar was told to stop by the police as they chased her up the stairs. However, you will see in the video that there was no one in the crowd who reacted to such a command.
Imam Malick Mujahid, a local community leader and Muslim, said of the incident:
“She was strip-searched, videographer, and at the same time men were allowed to see her naked. This is the ultimate horror you can do to a Muslim woman.”
This certainly isn’t the first time American cops have been caught seriously discriminating against Muslims.
As Matt Agorist of The Free Thought Project points out, these are the exact actions that lead to more fuel for the fire of ISIS. Today’s form of warfare is a battle for the hearts and minds of people.
If we continue to let our behavior, let alone our law enforcement, showcase hatred for the Muslim community, we can ensure that ISIS continues to grow stronger every day.
The islamophobia must end.