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Hate crime charges slapped on US man for throwing drink on Sikh

He says you're trying to blow up this country, I should kill you. I'm going to kill you right now. And he used a lot of curse words and he seemed very angry," Singh was quoted saying

By: PTI | Los Angeles | Updated: October 24, 2016 3:10 pm

Hate Crime charges have been filed against a 40-year-old man who racially abused a Sikh and threw a drink at him, mistaking him for a Muslim.

The Kern County District Attorney’s Office filed misdemeanor charges against David Scott Hook from Bakersfield for allegedly accosting Balmeet Singh outside a California Avenue restaurant last month, cursing him, threatening him and drenching him with a drink.

Singh, while narrating the incident, had said that he and his friends were out to dinner at the Habit Burger in Bakersfield, California. He decided to step outside of the restaurant to make a phone call and that is when the incident unfolded.

Singh said in the middle of his conversation, a man walked out of Blaze Pizza and headed straight toward him. “He says you’re trying to blow up this country, I should kill you. I’m going to kill you right now. And he used a lot of curse words and he seemed very angry,” Singh was quoted as saying by KERO-TV.

Singh said he yelled back at the man that he was a racist and he was the problem. Singh said the man continued to yell and then threw a drink at him. According to a statement from the District Attorney’s office, Hook was charged on Saturday with one count of interference with the exercise of a civil right and one count of battery.

Kern County District Attorney Lisa Green was quoted by The Bakersfield Californian as saying that the civil rights charge falls under the legal category of a hate crime. “It is alleged defendant David Hook threw liquid on another individual because he appeared to be of a different religion or race,” the statement said.

The alleged attacker “said I was a threat to the country I grew up in, the country I was born in,” Singh had told hundreds who gathered last week at a gurdwara in southwest Bakersfield. The event, which included several guest speakers, was called a “dialogue against hate.”

In a conversation with a Bakersfield Police Department investigator, Singh said he was told the man was identified and questioned. The man told police he thought Singh was a Muslim.

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  1. Ajax Smith
    Oct 25, 2016 at 10:41 am
    This isn't anything about thinking someone is Muslim. It is about knowing someone isn't white. lt;br/gt;A coward would have handled it by saying "I am not Muslim, beat someone else up". lt;br/gt;Singh is clearly not a coward. He called the racist what he is, a silly little racist.
    1. Rahul Iyer
      Oct 25, 2016 at 7:13 pm
      It is sad that we have ignorance and intolerance among people. True, Sikhs are not Muslims. There is a big difference. I have written about the different. It would behoove us all to learn more about this religious minority, along with being more aware and tolerance. I wish the Sikh gentleman well. Sorry for the ignorance. This is not how we treat people.