St. Paul officer apologizes for Muslim woman costume

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The St. Paul police officer pictured in an Internet photo as a female Muslim Target store employee issued an apology Tuesday saying the photo was "never meant to become public," The Pioneer Press reported.
The photo taken at a private Halloween party shows Robert Buth wearing a Target name tag and head and body covering that some female Muslims wear, Buth told The Pioneer Press.
Buth apologized to anyone who might have been offended and regrets the image which he recognized is viewed as insensitive, Fox 9 News reported.
"I am proud to be a Saint Paul police officer," Buth said in statement. "I have enjoyed working with all of our diverse communities and look forward to working to repairing any damage which may have been caused," Fox 9 News reported.
The apology was accepted Tuesday by the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Lori Saroya executive director told The Pioneer Press.
Saroya asked the St. Paul Police department to provide diversity training for Buth to prevent prejudice when interacting with Muslim women. The training is offered by the organization and teaches an introduction to Islamic practices, The Pioneer Press reported.
Buth remains on duty while an internal investigation opened Monday and is ongoing, The Pioneer Press reported.

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