Man charged with hate crime says it was his constitutional right to take action

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District Attorney Lisa Green filed hate crime charges against 40-year-old David Hook of Bakersfield for allegedly attacking another man, Balmeet Singh of Sikh background.

The suspect, Hooks says the constitution gives him every right to do what he did because he overheard Singh speaking on the phone in English and a foreign language outside a restaurant.

Hooks says he heard Singh say something about a bomb and so he confronted him about it.

Police asked Hook why he didn’t call 911 and Hook said it was his constitutional right to take action.

The incident has drawn an outpouring of support for Singh and resident said regardless of our patriotism or our values it is never o.k. to assault or attack a member of another community because of their race or religion.

Singh the alleged victim said in Bakersfield no one should feel unsafe. This is a community for all of us and if we stand together united in love, we can make a difference.

If Hooks is convicted he could get up to one year in prison.

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