A civil rights group is calling for a hate crime investigation into an alleged incident that took place at a local Walmart.

Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is calling on state and federal law enforcement authorities to investigate an alleged bias-motivated assault on an Illinois Muslim woman as a hate crime at the DeKalb Walmart.

CAIR says that according to the woman,  who is an American of European heritage who wears Islamic attire (niqab):

a man approached her while she was shopping at a Walmart in DeKalb, Illinois and began shouting that Muslims are not welcome in this country and that “Americans” do not want her here.

According to CAIR, the woman reportedly responded to the man indicating that she is American and attempted to take a photo of the man with her phone for police evidence, when the attacker allegedly walked toward her screaming, and pulled her clothing hard enough that it impacted her entire body, resulting in neck and back pain.

DeKalb police officials are investigating the incident. Police say the investigation is in it's early stages and have not released any further information.

CAIR-Chicago is the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy group,

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