CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago man is accusing Tinley Park firefighters of deliberately soaking him with water because of his faith and race.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Omar Ali has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging three firefighters who saw him wearing a turban as he walked past their fire station on May 6 sprayed him, inflicting “humiliation and severe emotional distress.”
Ali, who is an African-American Muslim, accuses the firefighters of a hate crime. The lawsuit states Ali later confronted the unnamed firefighters and two admitted “they sprayed the plaintiff with their water hose.” The lawsuit says one firefighter “offered to apologize,” and another said they were “just kidding.”
The Sun-Times reports officials of the Tinley Park Fire Department did not return telephone calls Monday seeking comment.