December 12, 2008

Picture a family...

... who returns home to find out that their home had been burglarized. They decide to call the sheriff's dept. and the dispatcher promptly sends a deputy who decides to treat them like criminals.

Unbelievable, right? As it turns out, this happened in Houston.

Then the deputy noticed his sister's Kirpan, a small ceremonial knife she wears sheathed on her hip.

The Kirpan is a religious article mandated by the Sikh faith, explained Kawaljeet Kaur, 35. "It's a constant reminder to me that I need to promote justice for all," she said.

The deputy "freaked out," Singh said.

"Before you know it, he has a taser pointed at her forehead, he's calling for backup, he's raising his voice, like, 'Shut up, shut up! '"

"I told him, you know, I'm a law-abiding citizen," Kaur said. "Treat me with respect."

She offered to leave the room if the Kirpan upset him, but pointed out that it was her constitutional right to practice her religion in her own home.

"He said, 'I don't care about that,' " Singh remembered.

He said the situation deteriorated when other deputies arrived and began handcuffing family members, including Kaur's 60-year-old mother.

"They were using the f-word, and we had an 8-year-old in the house," Singh said.

Most kirpans, just FYI, are about as dangerous as butter knives. Any deputy who was so intimidated by a small woman with a knife doesn't need to be in uniform. Not to mention one that can't even do his job properly.

(H/T to STC)

Posted by mcblogger at December 12, 2008 09:33 AM

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