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The family of Ahmad Khan Rahami, arrested in connection with weekend bombings in Seaside Park and New York City, sued the city of Elizabeth in 2011, alleging a pattern of harassment and religious discrimination by city officials.

According to the lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, the Rahami family said Elizabeth police officers repeatedly forced the closure of their family restaurant, First American Fried Chicken. The lawsuit alleges one man frequently entered the restaurant and told family members "Muslims don't belong here" and "Muslims are trouble."

Elizabeth Mayor Chris Bollwage confirmed the longstanding issues with the family, but said the city's actions against their restaurant were strictly code-related.


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