Monday, August 13, 2012

CMPD Works to Keep Charlotte's Sikh Community Safe

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Chief Monroe met with members of a Sikh congregation today at their temple in North Charlotte. Police are working to keep Charlotte's Sikh community safe after six worshipers were killed at a temple in Wisconsin last week.

Leaders within the group say they have been unfairly targeted since 9/11, mistaken for Islamic groups because of their appearance.

One of the steps the Sikh community is taking is to send a pledge against hate-crime to the President. This is designed to combat the violence committed against the religion.

With over 20 million followers worldwide, the Sikh religion is the 5th largest in the world. According to, the religion promotes "Devotion and remembrance of God at all times" and "equality of mankind" among its teachings.