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40 civil rights organizations demand accountability in Texas profiling case of Indian

40 civil rights organizations demand accountability in Texas profiling case of Indian

Texas, June 3 (UITV)- Around 40 civil rights organizations have joined Sikh Coalition to demand accountability after two brown-skinned men were profiled, falsely arrested and mistreated by authorities in Amarillo, Texas while travelling.

Mr. Daljeet Singh was a passenger on a Greyhound bus travelling through Amarillo, Texas on February 21, 2016, when he was falsely accused by a fellow passenger of making a terroristic threat – where he was harshly interrogated and arrested at gunpoint by authorities in Potter County.

More than a month after the Sikh Coalition filed a complaint demanding the investigation into the profiling of the Sikh passenger; authorities have failed to address the case.

“The only crime I committed was wearing a turban, having a beard, and speaking in a different language to another brown man on a bus,” said Mr. Singh. “My hope is that something like this never happens to another innocent person.”

The coalition of 40 local and national organizations sent the letter to the Potter County Sheriff’s Office and the Potter County Attorney’s Office this morning. The letter requests a copy of the county’s law enforcement profiling guidelines, new diversity training for law enforcement officers, robust translation services to protect the rights of non-English speakers, and a copy of county’s redress procedure to ensure that allegations of discriminatory treatment are fully investigated and remedied.

The coalition is a community-based organizations that work towards the realization of civil and human rights for all people, particularly Sikhs.

“What happened to these two men is unconscionable. We intended to work closely with local authorities on their training procedures and response protocol to ensure that history isn’t repeated,” said Sikh Coalition Policy Director, Arjun Singh.