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California police chief's son is arrested for allegedly attacking Sikh man

The Union City, California, police chief gave a talk about protecting the Sikh community, then learned hours later that his son was arrested for allegedly attacking a Sikh man. ( MARVIN RECINOS/AFP/Getty Images)

Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister met with members of the Sikh community earlier this week to discuss ways to avoid becoming latest the California city to have an assault on a Sikh man. A few hours later, McAllister learned his 18-year-old son was a suspect in one of the recent attacks, CNN reported.

How did the chief respond?

"I am completely disgusted in sharing with you that, later yesterday evening, I received a call from the Manteca PD that the suspect in this horrific crime turns out to (be) my 18-year-old son," McAllister wrote in a note on the police department's Facebook page.

Tyrone McAllister was later charged for allegedly attacking Sahib Singh Natt on Monday, the report stated.

The Manteca Police Department released video footage that shows the Natt, 71, being beaten and spat on by two people. Natt is kicked twice and falls on the pavement both times. Surveillance cameras from a nearby home recorded the attack on Natt around 6 a.m. on Monday morning.

"Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel right now," the police chief wrote. "Violence and hatred is not what we have taught our children; intolerance for others is not even in our vocabulary, let alone our values. Crime has never been an element of our household, our values, nor the character to which we hold ourselves."

The assault happened days after another Sikh man, Surjit Singh Malhi, 50, was attacked in Stanislaus County, outside of Manteca. Union City is about 60 miles west of Manteca.

McAllister’s son was arrested Wednesday morning. McAllister said he and his wife helped police locate his son.

Tryone McAllister is facing attempted robbery, elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon charges. The other suspect is a 16-year-old male.

The Union City Police Department issued a statement that read: "Chief McAllister's status as a law enforcement leader has no bearing or relation to the case whatsoever, but he is devastated by how much the nature of his son's actions are such a departure from everything he has stood for in his personal life and 37-year career of compassionate, engaging police work."

The elder McAllister wrote on Facebook that his son began a downward spiral after falling in with a bad crowd. The son has a history of "theft-related crimes and has spent some time in juvenile hall. He also spent several months in jail after being arrested as an adult."

Sikhism is described as a monotheistic faith that believes in equality and service to others. It is believed to be the world's fifth most popular religion.

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