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Hate Crime Investigation Opened After Vandalism at Southern California Sikh Gurdwara
Hate Crime Investigation Opened After Vandalism at Southern California Sikh Gurdwara

Another Case of Mistaken: Graffiti had gang codes, a racial slur and profanity

BUENA PARK, CA (SNN) - After a Southern California Gurdwara was vandalized by miscreants, the local police authorities have opened a hate crimes investigation into the incident in which anti-Islamic expletives were spray painted on the property and on a tractor trailer parked in the property.

The vandalism occurred just days after the horrific San Bernardino shooting rampage that took the lives of 14 county employees at a holiday party at a county facility.

Sikhs in western countries have often become mistaken for middle-easterners or Muslim extremists because of their distinctive appearance of dastars (turbans) and beards.

Speaking to the media, Sikh Temple representative, Jaspreet Singh stated “The graffiti had gang codes and a racial slur and profanity in reference to ISIS and Islam, which was misspelled.”

Images courtesy: Sikh Coalition
Images courtesy: Sikh Coalition

Jaspreet Singh believed that the vandalism was a misdirected backlash due to the mass shooting that occurred about 50 miles away at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

A statement by the Sikh advocacy group, The Sikh Coalition, asserted that they believed the vandalism constituted a hate crime. “We believe that the Gurdwara Singh Sabha was vandalized because it is a Sikh house of worship.”

"We call on local and federal agencies to investigate this vandalism as a hate crime and request increased law enforcement security at the gurdwara immediately,” stated Sikh Coalition Senior Staff Attorney, Gurjot Kaur.

Cpl. Bret Carter, a spokesman for the Buena Park Police Department stated “The writing, because of what it is and because of the history of Sikhs being targeted in the past for retaliation after terrorist attacks, we are investigating it,” he said. “We want to take extra precautions to determine if this is a hate crime.”