A Sikh man was attacked with a hammer by a Black attacker who shouted at him “I don’t like you” and “You’re not the same skin” at a resort in Brooklyn, prompting a distinguished New-York based mostly advocacy group to name on investigators to look at if the assault was a hate crime incident.
Sumit Ahluwalia, 32, of Astoria has stated his attacker was fuelled by racial hatred, in response to a report on New York Daily News web site.
Sumit Ahluwalia stated the person, a Black, assaulted him on April 26 at his office, the Quality Inn in Brownsville. He stated the person got here into the foyer of the resort at round eight am and began shouting whereas the entrance desk woman requested him if he wanted assist.
Sumit Ahluwalia stepped into the foyer to talk with the person and to hunt the resort safety guard. At that time, the attacker “began working in the direction of me, very quick, and he put his hand within the pocket – I assumed, ‘He’s pulling out a gun”’, the report stated.
Pleading with the person, the sufferer stated, “What occurred? You’re my brother.”
The attacker responded “You’re not the identical pores and skin,” Sumit Ahluwalia said, adding that the man then “banged on my head with the hammer so onerous.”
The attacker then screamed, “I don’t like you,” and ran away, in response to the report.
It stated the sufferer “could not really feel what occurred with me” and was ultimately taken to an emergency room.
“I could not sleep. I had a giant bump on my head. I might fall – feeling dizziness, and the subsequent morning I went to the physician,” he stated, including that 5 days later, he was nonetheless feeling anxious and fearful.
“I did not do something… I do not deserve this. I’m a hardworking man, get up within the morning at 6 a.m. and go residence at 7 pm,” he stated.
Police have launched footage of the suspect, who was nonetheless being sought.
Advocacy group The Sikh Coalition stated its authorized group is offering free authorized companies to Sumit Ahluwalia.
“We have already been in direct communication with regulation enforcement and demanded that investigators study the true chance that bias was a motive,” it stated, including that anybody with details about the incident ought to contact the New York Police Department.
The tragic incident comes because the US has witnessed a latest wave of anti-Asian hate crimes throughout this pandemic.
Eight individuals, together with 4 Sikhs, had been killed in a mass taking pictures at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis final month.
In March final 12 months, a person stabbed two Asian American youngsters – aged 2 and 6 – and their father at Sam’s Club in Texas as a result of “he thought the household was Chinese, and infecting individuals with the coronavirus.”
A bunch of Democratic Senators in May final 12 months stated there was a surge in hate crime towards Asian-Americans amid coronavirus pandemic and had urged the Trump administration to take concrete steps to arrest the spike.