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CAIR to Announce Lawsuit on Behalf of Va. Elected Official Abrar Omeish Challenging Police Brutality, Being Forced to Remove Hijab

Omeish, CAIR, and coalition to launch ‘Fight for Five’ coalition for local and state reforms

(WASHINGTON, DC, 1/11/21) — On Tuesday, January 12, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) will hold an online news conference to announce the filing of a lawsuit in federal court in Alexandria, Va., on behalf of Abrar Omeish, a Muslim woman and Fairfax County elected official who was pepper-sprayed by a Fairfax County police officer after he pulled her over for turning right at a red light. 

After she was taken into custody, Abrar was forced to remove her hijab (Islamic head scarf) and photographed in violation of federal law. She is leading a coalition, called “Fight for Five,” to demand local and state reforms.

[NOTE: Last year, Fairfax County Chief of Police Edwin Roessler’s internal investigation of the use of force stated it was “improper and in violation of departmental regulations.”]


SEE ALSO: Abrar Omeish was pepper-sprayed during a traffic stop. She decried it as police brutality (Washington Post)

During Tuesday’s news conference, Omeish, her attorneys and civil rights leaders will address the media and answer questions about her lawsuit and the Fight for Five coalition. 

WHAT: CAIR Files Suit on Behalf of Abrar Omeish Challenging Police Brutality and Being Stripped of Hijab by Fairfax County officers Against Will; Omeish to Launch Demands for Reform Through Fight for Five Coalition

WHEN: Tuesday, January 12, Noon ET 


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CONTACT: CAIR National Litigation Director Lena Masri, 248-390-9784,; CAIR Senior Litigation Attorney Gadeir Abbas, 720-251-0425,; Omeish Communications;  


• Abrar Omeish, Plaintiff   

• Lena Masri, CAIR Litigation Director  

• Luis Aguilar, CASA 

• Sookyung Oh, NAKASEC Virginia

• Diane Alejandro, ACLU People Power Fairfax

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.       

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.          


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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