A Louisiana woman lied to police when she claimed two men beat her and snatched her hijab. She admitted she fabricated the whole story and will be charged. She told police that two men supporting President-elect Donald Trump attacked her, robbed her and snatched away her headscarf.
The attack was one of several reported in the wake of Donald Trump’s election victory.
In a press release, the Lafayette Police Department said that during the course of their investigation into the woman’s complaint, she “admitted that she fabricated the story about her physical attack as well as the removal of her hijab and wallet by two white males.
“This incident is no longer under investigation” by the department, the statement said.
The unnamed 18-year-old student at University of Louisiana at Lafayette told police that two white men who wore clothing affiliated with Trump’s presidential campaign beat her with a metal object and knocked her to the ground just after Trump’s victory was announced. The woman told the Lafayette Police Department that the men leaped out of a gray sedan and shouted racial slurs at her after beating her in the back with the metal object, robbing her of her wallet and absconding with her hajib. The woman declined medical treatment at the time.
Immediately after the Muslim student issued her complaint, the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana just at the opportunity to cry anti-Muslim bigotry.
“We condemn this rhetoric and this behavior. We call on all Louisianians to reject anti-Muslim bigotry,” the ACLU of Louisiana said in a statement. “Muslim Americans and residents have the same rights that we all do: to practice our religion freely and openly, to live and work without fear, and to participate equally in public life,” the ACLU of Louisiana said in a statement.
But everything changed when the police revealed that the woman soon retracted her report Thursday and admitted she had lied about the entire story.
“She made up the entire story about being attacked, about her hijab being taken. There was no truth to any of it,” Lafayette Police Department spokesman Cpl. Karol Ratcliff said, according to ABC News. “She caused all this stir over nothing. I don’t know what her motivation was.”
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