San Francisco, Aug 11: The 18-year-old son of the police chief of Union City in north California has been charged by the San Joaquin County Superior Court for attacking and looting a 71-year-old Sikh man in the town of Manteca. The indictment came two days after the teenager was arrested, along with a 16-year-old male juvenile who assisted him in the hate crime.
The major accused in the case has been identified as Tyrone McAllister, the son of Union City police commissioner Darryl McAllister. The top cop, reacting to the crime committed by his son on Monday, expressed regret and remorse, saying it neither represents the value system of California nor his family.
The police chief said his family has always remained averse towards the "intolerance", adding that the act of his son has left him "embarrassed and devastated".
The court on Friday, while framing the charges of robbery and physical assault against the 18-year-old, set August 17 as the next date of hearing. At the proceedings, McAllister was represented by a public defender.
Below is the video of hate crime against the 71-year-old Sikh. The footage was posted by local municipal authorities of Manteca.
The victim has been identified as Sahib Singh Natt, who had worn a turban. In the footage, he was spotted being kicked and spat on, before being looted.
The accused's parents claim they had aided the Manteca police to arrest him after the video of the incident emerged.
According to experts, hate crimes in the US against the Sikh community has been on a rise over the past decade. In some of the cases, the attackers mistaken the community members with Muslims, who dorn similarly long beards and wear kurta-pyjama -- a traditional dress of the subcontinent region.