August 6, 2012
Deranged ex-federal employee Michael Page, a former Army psy-ops specialist, committed what has been variously described as a “hate crime” and an act of “domestic terrorism” by murdering six people gathered for worship at a Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Since the alleged murderer is dead, we can only speculate as to his motives (and those of his reported accomplices, as well).
There is little room for speculation, however, regarding to attitudes and motives of a uniformed assailant who severely beat an innocent and helpless Sikh in an incident that took place five years ago about 112 miles south of Oak Creek. The perpetrator’s motive was to steal the victim’s property, and it there was no ambiguity about the fact that he despised the victim on the basis of his perceived ethnicity.
Thankfully, the victim — Joliet, Illinois resident Kuldip Singh Nag — wasn’t shot. However, he was pepper-sprayed and severely beaten on the morning of March 11, 2007 by a police officer named Ben Grant, who materialized on his doorstep to announce that he was going to tow away a van that was sitting immobile in Nag’s driveway because the vehicle had an expired license tag.
When Nag objected to the impending auto theft, Grant attacked him, threw him to the ground, and beat him mercilessly in front of his horrified wife and children while befouling the air with obscene — and ignorant — racial invective: “You f*****g Arab! You f*****g immigrant, go back to your country before I kill you!”
Nag, a Navy veteran who received the Bronze Star for his service in the first Gulf War, was already residing in “his” country. Granted, he had difficulty recognizing it after being assaulted on his own property by an armed, tax-devouring bully. As is often the case in acts of state-sponsored terrorism of this kind, the victim was eventually convicted of “aggravated assault” for the supposed crime of trying to cover his head for protection against repeated baton strikes inflicted by the government-licensed thug.
“I was just trying to cover up with my arms,” Nag testified during his trial two years later. “He kept telling me `Go home’ and `f****g Arab.’ I’m not Muslim, but if I was, is that a crime in America?”
Prior to being assaulted and abducted by Grant, Nag had seen his home defaced with graffiti conveying essentially the same message that had dribbled down Grant’s tax-fattened chin. On two other occasions vandals had shot at the family’s house with a BB gun.
Officer Grant was ostensibly enforcing a municipal “quality of life” ordinance of a kind routinely employed to extort revenue on behalf of the ruling criminal clique. That ordinance permits police of ticket and tow away “inoperable vehicles” from private property. However, as Rajpir Singh of the Sikh-American Legal Defense and Education Fund told me in an interview several years ago, Grant’s actions were not in compliance with established policies.
“This was the first instance, the first notice of any kind Nag received that his van was in violation of the local ordinance,” Singh explained. “Since the van had never been ticketed before, the appropriate action would have been to leave a windshield advisory warning that it would be towed within a certain time.” Mr. Nap and his family never received the proper notice.
Furthermore, the license decal was too small to be seen from the street — even by an officer trolling for revenue-generating code violations. How did that van come to Grant’s attention?
“The police apparently received a telephone complaint from a neighbor,” Nag’s attorney Paul Chawla points out. Chawla, who resides in Chicago area, describes the particular section of Joliet where Nag and his family had lived for about three years as “not all that receptive to immigrants.”
It’s entirely possible that the beating Nag suffered, and the spurious criminal conviction inflicted on him, resulted from an anonymous tip phone in by someone residing nearby (the word “neighbor” wouldn’t apply here) who resented the presence of a turban-wearing man he considered a “f*****g Arab.”
In any case, this racially charged crime was an act of state terrorism by a local police officer that was ratified by the “justice” system. Predictably, the police state profiteers at the SPLC didn’t consider it worthy of their attention.
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