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August 31, 2010
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Muslim group sues Ill. police for discrimination

The Investigative Project on Terrorism claimed the appointed chaplain was a "radical fundraiser"

Associated Press

CHICAGO — An advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against the Illinois State Police alleging discrimination when the agency revoked the appointment of the agency's first Muslim chaplain.

Kifah Mustapha, a Chicago-area imam, was named a chaplain in December. His appointment was revoked months later with little explanation.

The lawsuit alleges the agency was swayed by allegations from the Washington-based Investigative Project on Terrorism claiming Mustapha was a "radical fundraiser." Mustapha hasn't been charged.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations' Chicago office filed the complaint Monday in federal court, alleging religious and racial discrimination among other things. Mustapha is Lebanese of Palestinian descent.

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A state police spokesman declined to comment.






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