ADL Welcomes Guilty Pleas in 2010 Hate Crime Against Sikh Cab Driver in West Sacramento

San Francisco, CA, March 8, 2011 … The Anti-Defamation League's (ADL) Central Pacific Region, covering all of Northern California, welcomes yesterday's entry of guilty pleas to hate crime charges in the vicious assault in West Sacramento on Harbhajan Singh, a cab driver and member of the Sikh community, in November, 2010. The two assailants, Pedro Ramirez and Johnny Morales, reportedly made references to Osama Bin Laden while beating and robbing Mr. Singh. Ramirez, who played a larger role in the attack, will be sentenced to thirteen years, while Morales, whose role was smaller, faces one year in jail.

We are grateful to the West Sacramento Police Department and the Yolo County District Attorney's Office for investigating this crime and securing these pleas. Their hard work sends the clear message that vicious, hate-motivated attacks will not go unpunished," stated Daniel S. Sandman, Regional Director for ADL. "We hope that these pleas will assure members of the Sikh community that their civil rights will be protected."

The pleas come in the wake of another horrific assault on members of the Sikh community in which two elderly Sikh gentlemen were shot, one fatally, while out for a walk in Elk Grove. Police and FBI are currently investigating the shooting as a potential hate crime. We urge anyone with information about it to contact the authorities.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.