Muslim woman drops lawsuit against Dearborn over scarf

Associated Press

Dearborn — A Muslim woman who accused Dearborn police of forcing her to remove a headscarf has dropped her lawsuit.

The city released a statement Wednesday saying an attorney for Maha Aldhalimi dropped the lawsuit when confronted with video evidence. The city didn’t detail the video but said Aldhalimi’s allegations were “recklessly made.”

Her attorney, Shereff Akeel, insists he’s satisfied because Dearborn now allows women to wear a head covering during a booking photo.

Aldhalimi alleged she was humiliated and her rights were violated when she was ordered to remove the headscarf, known as hijab, for a photo at the police department in 2014.

A message seeking comment the police chief wasn’t immediately returned. Dearborn has one of the largest populations of Arab-Americans in the country.