The New York Daily News reports:
The Sikh Coalition yesterday wrote sadly,...the Sikh Coalition says it wants the feds involved because the group is not convinced the police department is doing enough.“The NYPD needs to address the perception that it doesn't care about Sikhs,” the coalition said in a statement. “The NYPD doesn't allow turbaned Sikhs to serve in the police force. The same police force that is supposed to protect us is also discriminating against us.”
Two years to the day of the Oak Creek, Wisconsin Gurdwara massacre, the Sikh American community of New York City is organizing a rally this morning to draw attention to the plight of Sandeep Singh, a Sikh father who remains hospitalized after a driver in a pick-up truck ran him over on a public street last week and dragged him for 30 feet.Only moments earlier, the driver had used racial and religious slurs against Sandeep, calling him a “terrorist” and telling him to “go back to your country.” While Sandeep recovers at a hospital, his attacker is still at large, and the Sikh Coalition is calling on city and federal agencies to investigate the attack on Sandeep as a hate crime.
Hate crimes against Sikh are nothing new, obviously. They wear turbans and have beards. They must be terrorists, right? America, land of the free, home of the brave....
The driver returned to his vehicle and Singh stood in front of it in protest. The truck driver ran right over him and dragged him thirty feet down the street.
I was attacked because I am a Sikh and because I look like a Sikh. Justice should be served so that no one else goes through what I have been through. We need to create a world without hate.
Only in America (well, some other places, too, I suppose) do people on the street just randomly attack Sikhs because they get them confused with the racist attacks they really want to make. Incredible...
The following is from the Village Voice.
Tensions Flare Between Queens Sikhs and NYPD After Racially Motivated Hit and Run
|Security still courtesy of the Sikh Coalition|
|The driver dragged Sandeep Singh's body 30 feet.|