June 23, 2020 (Lakewood, CO) – Nearly two months after Lakhwant Singh--an observant Sikh store owner in Lakewood, Colorado--was brutally attacked by a customer who told him “go back to your country,” no formal hate crime charges have been filed against the attacker. Now, the Sikh Coalition, which has been retained by Mr. Singh to provide additional free legal support, is calling on Sikh Americans and allies across the country to take action and demand #JusticeForLakhwant.
WE NEED YOU TO TAKE ACTION TODAY TO DEMAND JUSTICE FOR LAKHWANT:
- Use our simple tool and email the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office today.
Tell Jefferson County District Attorney Peter Weir that local prosecutors have a responsibility to protect Sikhs and other minority communities from bigotry, hate, and violence by acknowledging when bias motivator factors are present and bringing charges accordingly. What happened to Mr. Singh should never happen again, and hate crime charges must be filed now. Click here to take action and contact the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office in only a few minutes.
- Ask your family and friends to demand #JusticeForLakhwant.
Share this campaign on social media and with your WhatsApp contacts. Here is a sample social media and WhatsApp message: Nearly two months after a violent assault, there are no hate crime charges against Lakhwant Singh’s attacker. Jefferson County authorities must seek #JusticeForLakhwant and file hate crime charges. Help me take action: bit.ly/justiceforlakhwant
On June 1, 2020, the Sikh Coalition’s legal team sent a letter to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and the Lakewood Police Department pushing for an investigation into felony hate crime charges under Colorado’s bias-motivated crime statute. After meeting with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office last week, authorities have yet to guarantee that hate crime charges are forthcoming.
“After repeatedly telling my wife and me to ‘go back to our country,’ my attacker violently rammed his car into me,” said Mr. Singh. “He thought I was different, and because of that, believed it was okay to try and kill me. But this community is my home, and that's why I’m asking the authorities to show they will not stand for such bigotry by filing formal hate crime charges in this case.”
Following his arrest, the attacker also told police that he had attacked an “Arab” man when referring to Mr. Singh. Read the full details of this case here. The preliminary hearing date is scheduled for July 24, 2020, when charges will be brought against the attacker. Your two minutes of action today can make all the difference in the outcome of this case.
The Sikh Coalition continues to provide free legal representation to Mr. Singh and will continue to use every form of available advocacy to guarantee #JusticeForLakhwant. Additionally, the Sikh Coalition is aware of the latest hate crime news out of Santa Fe, New Mexico, where a Sikh-owned restaurant was broken into, ransacked, and vandalized with racial slurs; we are working to learn more about this act of hate and will provide further updates moving forward.
As always, the Sikh Coalition urges you to practice your faith fearlessly.