Multiethnic Coalition Responds to Hate Crime Against Sikh in Queens, NY

July 18, 2004

Source: New York Daily News

On July 18, 2004 New York Daily News reported, "Last Sunday's senseless attack on a Sikh man - a 54-year-old father and community leader - in Richmond Hill, Queens, was the latest reminder that prejudice and hate are alive and well on the streets of New York... That is why on Thursday, almost 100 people in a diverse, multiethnic coalition of more than two dozen civil rights organizations, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and other leaders and groups gathered on the steps of the Queens Borough Hall to denounce the attack on the Sikh community and demand justice... Pu-Folkes, who coordinated the protest, said the community demanded that police be more responsive to hate crimes against immigrants and that the attackers be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, 10 bias incidents have been reported to the Richmond Hill 102nd Precinct, but no one has been prosecuted."