Mar 2, 2016 9:42 PM by Staff
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) - A man who allegedly attacked a Sikh bus driver he accused of being a terrorist has been charged in Southern California with a hate crime.
KC Tard Jr. was charged Wednesday in connection with a November attack aboard a Los Angeles County Metro bus in Inglewood.
Tard allegedly began shouting that the driver - who wore a beard and turban - was a terrorist and a suicide bomber who had hijacked the bus.
Prosecutors say Tard also pummeled the driver in the face. Tard, who remains jailed, is charged with battery with injury on transit personnel, with an allegation that the attack was a hate crime.
An attorney for Tard could not be located.
The bus driver is on paid leave.
Sikhs are sometimes mistaken for Muslims, and they have faced attacks and vandalism in the wake of Islamic-extremist attacks.