In a recent interview with the Hindustan Times, Lieutenant Brian Murphy of the Oak Creek Police Department talks about the attack on Sikhs in Oak Creek, Wisconsin six months ago in which he took 15 bullets by the attacker, and reflects:
The kind of activism that happened in Oak Creek post the tragedy should have happened before the tragedy. Every community has to be pro-active. Hate crime is not about anything but about being ignorant. One of the tenets of the Sikh religion is: Protect and Serve. This is also written on every police car of the United States. But if you ask any cop which religion’s motto is this, not many would know. This just shows there is not as much knowledge sharing as it should be. Not that I am convinced that any activism would have stopped Michael Page, but then it will stop somebody.
Lt. Murphy also discusses the outpouring he received from the Sikh community, and about a desire to visit Amritsar, India, the center of the Sikh faith. Read more at the Hindustan Times.