School board member sues police after being pepper-sprayed

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Muslim school board member from northern Virginia has filed a federal lawsuit alleging her civil rights were violated after she was pepper-sprayed during a traffic stop and then photographed without her hijab following her arrest.

Abrar Omeish is a member of the Fairfax County school board. She filed the lawsuit Tuesday against the county police officer who arrested her and against county Sheriff Stacey Kincaid.

Omeish says she was stopped in 2019 after an officer said she turned right at a red light without stopping. She says she was pulled from her car and pepper-sprayed.

An internal police investigation concluded the officer’s use of force was improper.

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