Lawsuit accuses Tinley Park firefighters of hate crime

A federal lawsuit has been filed against three firefighters in Tinley Park.

Omar Ali, who is African-American and Muslim, claims the firefighters deliberately sprayed him with a hose as he walked past their firehouse wearing a turban last month.  Ali says it was a hate crime.

The Southtown Star reports Ali confronted the firefighters that day while his video camera was rolling, and two of the firefighters admitted to spraying Ali with the hose.

The firefighters told police they were clearing water lines.

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