Sikh bus driver says police didn't recognize hate crime

AP News
Posted: Jan 14, 2016 8:38 PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Sikh advocacy group says a California bus driver wearing a turban was called a suicide bomber during an attack that left him hospitalized, but that officers failed to recognize the assault as a hate crime.

Gurjot Kaur is an attorney with the New York-based Sikh Coalition. She says 56-year-old Balwinder Jit Singh had just pulled over the Metro bus he was driving in Inglewood on Nov. 6 when a passenger attacked him.

Kaur says the attacker beat Singh while saying he was a terrorist and a suicide bomber, and had hijacked the bus.

Nicole Nishida, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, says the attacker was arrested on an assault charge the next day, but the sergeant handling the case indicated Singh didn't mention the attacker's statements.