- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 21, 2016

A Muslim student at the University of Michigan fabricated a story about a man threatening to light her on fire if she didn’t remove her hijab, Ann Arbor police said Wednesday.

The woman, whom police did not identify, could be charged with filing a false police report, MLive reported. It’s now up to the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office whether to authorize charges against the woman.

The woman told police that she was walking on East William Street near South State Street on Nov. 11 when a white man with an “unkempt appearance” and “slurred speech” threatened to light her hijab on fire if she did not remove it.

The woman told police that the suspect then pulled out a lighter, so she removed her hijab before he ran away on foot.

Her story of anti-Muslim discrimination in the wake of Donald Trump’s election made international headlines, and the Michigan chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations called for the incident to be investigated as a hate crime.



Investigators have now determined that the alleged incident did not occur, Detective Lt. Matthew Lige said Wednesday, MLive reported.

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