TINLEY PARK - Three Tinley Park firefighters are being sued and accused of a hate crime for spraying a Muslim man with a fire hose in early May.
Omar Ali, 30, alleges in a federal lawsuit filed Monday that three Tinley Park firefighters who saw him wearing a turban as he walked home past their fire station on the afternoon of May 6 sprayed him, leaving him “in, fear, wetness, discomfort, humiliation and severe emotional distress.”
Accusing the firefighters of a hate crime, the lawsuit states that Ali confronted the unnamed firefighters later that day and that two of them “admitted, on videotape, that they sprayed the Plaintiff with their powerful water hose.”
One told Ali he “didn’t mean to” do it, and “offered to apologize,” and another said they were “just kidding,” the suit alleges.
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