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Attack on L.A. Metro driver sparks fear in the Sikh community

Attack on L.A. Metro driver sparks fear in the Sikh community

An attack on a Sikh bus driver who struggled to keep his Metro bus from careening into South Los Angeles traffic in November should be investigated as a hate crime, according to the Sikh Coalition. 

The assault on the driver, who wore a beard and traditional Sikh turban, was one of a string of bias-based attacks against Sikhs in recent months, according to coalition lawyers.

Local authorities, however, were not treating the incident seriously and considering only misdemeanor charges, lawyers argued.

"We cannot fight hate if law enforcement agencies ignore or fail to recognize hate crimes," Sikh Coalition senior staff attorney Gurjot Kaur...

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