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Caroline Llanes / Michigan Radio

Updated: Friday, February 28, 2020 2:29 p.m.

Ann Arbor Police Chief Michael Cox was put on administrative leave three weeks ago due to allegations that he created a hostile work environment and employees feared retaliation, and a separate accusation of insubordination.

Ann Arbor city hall.

The Ann Arbor City Council decided Monday night between two competing ordinances that would create a  police oversight commission. 

The City Council chose a version proposed by Ann Arbor City Mayor Christopher Taylor and rejected a different version that was written by a citizen-led task force.

This left many at Monday night's City Council meeting vocally dismayed.

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Several reports of possible hate crimes in Ann Arbor made headlines shortly after the election. But now police say two of the reports were false, and  investigation into a third report has hit a wall.

The first incident involved a woman who claimed that a man had threatened to set her hijab on fire if she didn't take it off. Police later determined the report was false.

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Just days after the presidential election, a University of Michigan student told police she’d been approached by an unknown man, who threatened to set her on fire with a lighter if she didn’t take off her hijab.

Now, police say they don’t think that actually happened.

In a statement released today, Ann Arbor police say investigators talked to witnesses and looked at several surveillance videos around the “area in question.” The student told them it took place off campus, on November 11th, between 5:30 and 7:00 pm on the 600 block of East William street.  

So far, there have been six recent attacks on women in Ann Arbor. The attacks caused Ann Arbor's Police Chief to declare that young women in the community should be cautious.

The police aren't sure if the attacks are being committed by one person.

Now, the FBI is assisting the Ann Arbor Police. From

The FBI is assisting the Ann Arbor Police Department in the investigation into six recent attacks on women in Ann Arbor, including two rapes, FBI officials confirmed today.

FBI Special Agent Sandra Berchtold, a bureau spokeswoman in Detroit, said AAPD contacted the FBI for assistance, but she could not discuss specifics.