Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Sikh Veteran Assualted

Sikh American Veteran Assaulted
Shame on our system

We have two choices here;

1. Education - The Saldef reps and I went through the certification program by the Dept of Justice and all of us need to work on educating the police, Fire and other people in public service. To create a world of co-existence, we have to stand against all forms of discrimination. Our motto should be "with prejudice towards none", as in Lincoln 's with Malice towards none.

2. Sue the police department big time - as it will make the police department seek solutions and put their officers through training. Use the funds for education. There will always be 1% of every group that would be biased.

Serious integration of the community is needed. It is a darn shame that we do not see other than our own ethnicity in our weddings, birthdays, funerals and festivals. Are we incapable of making friends?

This has got to change; these issues come up when people are not familiar with others. I believe knowledge leads to understanding and understanding to acceptance and appreciation of others who are different.

Mike Ghouse, Dallas

Sikh American Veteran Assaulted by Police Officer in Illinois

Sikh American Veteran Assaulted by Police Officer in Illinois **

*SALDEF calls for immediate probe into assault and the xenophobic,
anti-immigrant statements by police officer against bronze star recipient

Washington D.C., April 11, 2007 -- The Sikh American Legal Defense and
Education Fund (SALDEF), the oldest Sikh American civil rights and advocacy
organization in the country, today called upon the Joliet Police Department
to investigate the actions of one of its officers when patrolling a local

On Friday March 30, 2007 at around 3:00pm , Mr. Kuldip Singh Nag, a Sikh
American who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the U.S. Navy
during the first Gulf War, was at his home in Joliet , IL when a local police
officer noticed that a van parked on Mr. Nag's private property had expired
registration tags. Upon being confronted with this, Mr. Nag's wife, Vera
Kaur Nag, informed the officer that the van is parked on their driveway and
was inoperable

Mr. Nag then came outside to answer the officer's questions regarding the
van. The Joliet police officer then demanded that Mr. Nag park the van
inside his garage and not on the driveway, to which Mr. Nag responded to the
officer that it was not possible and that regardless, the van is parked on
his private property and he has a right to park it on his driveway.
At this moment, the officer pulled out his pepper spray and attacked Mr.
Nag. As Mr. Nag screamed in agony, the officer removed his baton and
violently struck Mr. Nag numerous times until he fell to the ground. While
the assault ensued, the officer was reported by both Mr. and Mrs. Nag as
saying, *"You f****** Arab! You f***** immigrant, go back to you f******
country before I kill you!" *

Mr. Nag's wife and six year-old child both witnessed the violent assault,
which resulted in Mr. Nag immediately being admitted to the hospital where
he stayed for five days due to complaints of intense pain and head trauma.
Mr. Nag also received numerous bruises and a serious head injury which have
caused him to go blind for several minutes at a time

"This case seems to be a clear incident of police misconduct in Illinois ,"
said SALDEF Managing Director Kavneet Singh. "We are horrified at the
anti-immigrant sentiment the officer allegedly used as he violently accosted
Mr. Nag, and further that his six year old son was a witness to this violent
assault. We call upon both Joliet and Illinois officials to investigate this
incident and for the Illinois community to stand in solidarity with Mr.

SALDEF has garnered the strong support of the Illinois Sikh American
community and is currently working with The Chawla Group Ltd to represent
Mr. Nag in a criminal case brought on by the City of Joliet .

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*About SALDEF:*
SALDEF is a national non-profit civil rights and educational
organization. SALDEF's mission is to create a fostering environment in the
United States for Sikh Americans. SALDEF protects and promotes the civil
rights of Sikh Americans through legal aid, advocacy and educational

Rajbir Singh Datta
202-393-2700 ext. 27

This message was sent from SALDEF Announcements to It
was sent from: Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund (SALDEF), 1413
K Street NW , 5th Floor, Washington , DC 20005 .

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