Hate Crimes

Hate crime charges filed in attack on Sikh man

Prosecutors in the San Francisco Bay Area have filed hate crime charges against two men accused of attacking a Sikh man by removing his turban and cutting a fistful of hair with a pocket knife last month, officials said.

Authorities said Maan Singh Khalsa's religion mandates that he not cut his hair. Observant Sikhs men often cover their heads with turbans — which are considered sacred — and refrain from shaving their beards.

About 30 faith-based and advocacy groups sent a letter to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's Office Thursday calling for hate crime charges in the attack. Chase Little, 31, and Colton Leblanc, 24, have been charged with felony...