Mayor Tom Butt released the following statement regarding the incident involving Mr. Maan Singh Khalsa, who is a Richmond resident and was attacked while driving in the Hilltop Area on September 25, 2016:
“I was distressed to learn on Friday about a horrible attack against Mr. Khalsa, one of our Sikh residents. The account of this assault has left the Richmond community shocked and seeking justice for Mr. Khalsa. The Sheriff’s Department and the Richmond Police responded to Mr. Khalsa’s 911 call and the RPD successfully apprehended the suspects and booked them for numerous violent felonies. We understand the pain anger and fear this crime has caused for the victim and the Sikh community. RPD has presented the case to the District Attorney’s office. We will know the specific charges made against the suspects by the middle of the week. I trust that the District Attorney, will take every step to prosecute the suspects and bring the appropriate charges forward.
My office, the Police Department and the District Attorney have received communication from The Sikh Coalition, a civil rights organization, and I appreciate their efforts to support Mr. Khalsa and to represent the interests of the community.
Many know of the Sikh Temple, Gurdwara Shaib, and it is a symbol of the prominence of the Sikh community here in Richmond and the Bay Area. Worldwide, the Sikh people are known for their generosity, adherence to tradition and strong principles. No one should have to experience the fear of being targeted or attacked based on their identity or for practicing their religion. I regret that this violence has penetrated our community, and it underscores the importance of working towards establishing more connections and compassion in our society.
In Richmond, we cherish the various cultures and backgrounds that contribute to our great diversity. I know the people of Richmond will respond to this incident in any way they can to lend support and show solidarity with the Sikh community.”