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Muslim woman sues Chicago, 6 officers for false terrorist ID

  • Itemid Al-Matar, left, listens as Hamed Rehab, right, Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago, speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 in Chicago. Itemid Al-Matar is suing Chicago police who falsely singled her out as a potential terrorist on July 4, 2015, as she left a subway station wearing a headscarf, face veil and carrying a backpack. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune via AP)

    Itemid Al-Matar, left, listens as Hamed Rehab, right, Executive Director of CAIR-Chicago, speaks during a news conference, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 in Chicago. Itemid Al-Matar is suing Chicago police who falsely singled her out as a potential terrorist on July 4, 2015, as she left a subway station wearing a headscarf, face veil and carrying a backpack. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Siham Naser, left, and Lana Kashkeesh, center, both interns at CAIR-Chicago, listen to Itemid Al-Matar, at a news conference, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 in Chicago. Itemid Al-Matar is suing Chicago police who falsely singled her out as a potential terrorist on July 4, 2015, as she left a subway station wearing a headscarf, face veil and carrying a backpack. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune via AP)

    Siham Naser, left, and Lana Kashkeesh, center, both interns at CAIR-Chicago, listen to Itemid Al-Matar, at a news conference, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 in Chicago. Itemid Al-Matar is suing Chicago police who falsely singled her out as a potential terrorist on July 4, 2015, as she left a subway station wearing a headscarf, face veil and carrying a backpack. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • Itemid Al-Matar, right, stands by her lawyer Gregory Kulis, during a news conference, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 in Chicago. Itemid Al-Matar is suing Chicago police who falsely singled her out as a potential terrorist on July 4, 2015, as she left a subway station wearing a headscarf, face veil and carrying a backpack. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune via AP)

    Itemid Al-Matar, right, stands by her lawyer Gregory Kulis, during a news conference, Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 in Chicago. Itemid Al-Matar is suing Chicago police who falsely singled her out as a potential terrorist on July 4, 2015, as she left a subway station wearing a headscarf, face veil and carrying a backpack. (Abel Uribe/Chicago Tribune via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A Muslim woman is suing the city of Chicago and six officers who falsely singled her out as a potential terrorist on July 4, 2015, as she left a subway station wearing a headscarf, face veil and carrying a backpack.

Itemid Al-Matar's federal lawsuit filed Thursday says officers pulled off her religious garb, arrested her and later strip-searched her. The 32-year-old was acquitted of obstructing justice.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations says "blatant xenophobia, Islamophobia and racial profiling" motivated the arrest.

A public police report says officers "were on high alert of terrorist activity" on the national holiday and that Al-Matar was exhibiting "suspicious behavior."

The CPD declined to comment but said in a statement that police "strive to treat all individuals with the highest levels of dignity of respect."