Police Investigating Possible Bias Attack On Columbia Professor

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Police are investigating a possible bias attack after a professor at Columbia University was assaulted by a group of young men over the weekend in upper Manhattan.

It happened just after 8 p.m. Saturday on 110th Street near Lennox Avenue.

Prabhjot Singh, who is Sikh, was approached by a group of 15 to 20 young men on bicycles making anti-Muslim statements, police said.

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  • Police Investigating Possible Bias Attack On Columbia Professor
  • WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman Reports

Some shouted “get Osama” and “terrorist” as the incident progressed, Singh said in a statement.

One of the men pulled his beard and as the group fled, they kicked him several times to the body and face, police said. Singh needed surgery for a broken jaw, WCBS 880′s Alex Silverman reported.

As Silverman reported, Singh co-wrote a New York Times op-ed last year about the very thing he said happened to him: hate attacks on Sikhs mistaken for Muslims.

According to a Stanford University study sponsored by SALDEF, 70 percent of Americans misidentify turban-wearers in the U.S. as Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or Shinto when nearly all turban-wearers in the U.S. adhere to Sikhism, ………..

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