ANN ARBOR – On Wednesday, police revealed that the University of Michigan student who claimed a man threatened to light her hijab on fire two days after Donald Trump’s election lied and might face charges.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Ann Arbor police found “numerous inconsistencies” in the story. Investigators ultimately decided the confrontation “did not occur," police said.
At the time, the student said that a white man on a street off campus forced her to take off her hijab — threatening her with a visible lighter. She added that he ran away after she obeyed.
The woman said the incident happened Nov. 11. However, investigators could not find any witnesses or footage that proves it took place.
Police did not reveal why the student invented the story and reported it.
Last week, police exposed a similar hoax story in New York City. Baruch College student Yasmin Seweid who claimed that three drunken men shouted “Donald Trump!” and anti-Islam insults at her on the subway made up the story. She also said they tried to take off her hijab.
Seweid has been charged with filing a fabricated report. Police revealed she did so to get out of trouble after staying out late drinking with friends.
Still, there is no denying the validity of numerous reports of anti-Muslim incidents and hate crimes after Trump won the election. Since then, the Council on American-Islamic Relations reported over 100 anti-Muslim incidents; and the Southern Poverty Law Center added up to more than 800 reports of prejudice.