A man has been charged with a hate crime after he allegedly threw a drink on a Sikh man outside a Bakersfield restaurant and yelled racial slurs at him, authorities said.
David Hook faces two misdemeanor counts of battery and hate crime in connection with the Sept. 30 attack, according to the Kern County district attorney office.
According to prosecutors, Hook threw the liquid on Balmeet Singh because “he appeared to be of a different religion or race.”
If Hook is convicted, he faces up to a year in jail and a fine.
Singh was attacked at about 7:40 p.m. while walking outside Habit Burger and talking with his cousin on a cellphone, he said in a video...