Sikh Man Brutally Attacked In N.Y. Hate Crime

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( – New York police have revealed that on Sunday morning there was an incident on MTA shuttle bus 8810 when a Sikh, 19, was attacked by an assailant who tried to get him to remove his turban claiming that this was not something they wore in the United States.

The incident happened in the Queens borough and the attacker had reportedly been wearing a bright yellow jacket. He proceeded to approach the young Sikh telling him that this was not something to be worn in the United States and that he needed to remove “that mask.” He then punched him repeatedly in the back of his head, back and face. The victim suffered a minor laceration as a result of the assault.

The attacker who managed to escape along Liberty Avenue had also reportedly attempted to remove the turban from the head of the victim. The NYPD Hate Crimes Unit has launched an investigation into the incident.

Police have also shared the man’s photos along with a description. As they noted the man was between the ages of 25 and 35 years old, had a dark complexion, black hair, and brown eyes, was around 5 feet and 9 inches tall, and had been wearing a yellow jacket, blue jeans, and sneakers.

The national Sikh faith organization, Sikh Coalition released a statement that they were in contact with the victim and were attempting to offer him support. They also thanked all the communities who have reached out with support and they urged caution in light of the recent events, especially following the devastating incident in Illinois where a 6-year-old Palestinian American boy had been stabbed to death.

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