DEARBORN, July 1, 2015:

A Muslim woman is suing a Michigan police department, saying her rights were violated when she was ordered to remove a headscarf for a mugshot after her arrest.

Maha Aldhalimi was told that she was wanted for an unpaid parking violation.

She said she was ordered to remove the headscarf, known as hijab, for a photo at the Dearborn Police Department last September.

Aldhalimi said she was crying while explaining that removing the scarf in front of male strangers would violate her religious beliefs. She said she finally agreed to remove it under threat.

Lawyers for Aldhalimi filed a suit on Tuesday in Detroit federal court, accusing Dearborn police of violating federal law. The city declined to comment.

Dearborn has one of the largest populations of Arab-Americans in the country.

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