On Monday August 6, 2018, Sahib Singh Natt, a 71-year-old Sikh man, was walking on a sidewalk near his home in Mateca, California, about 75 miles from San Francisco. Surveillance video shows two hooded men walked up to Natt and confronted him. One of the men repeatedly kicked Natt, knocking him down and causing him to hit his head on the ground while his turban fall off. The men started to walk away, but one of them turned back and kicked Natt three more times and spit on him while he was down on the ground.
Two arrests were made in connection with the attack against Natt, including one of the estranged sons of Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister. For more information, click here.
The disturbing attack on Natt took place less than one week after
an assault on Surjit Singh Malhi
another Sikh man, in Stanislaus County, about 25 miles south of Manteca
as he was putting out political signs. In the latter incident, two men allegedly beat Malhi while yelling "go back to your country." The attackers then spray-painted Malhi's truck with a white nationalist symbol and wrote "go back to ur country."
The South Asian Bar Association of Northern California (SABA-NC) calls for a full investigation into the attacks on Natt and Malhi. We stand in solidarity with the Sikh community and call on all South Asians to work together to fight against hate and injustice.