Amric Singh Rathour, a New York cop who happens to be Sikh, can now wear a turban as part of his official uniform. Sikhs have a long tradition of police and military service in the Mounties, UK police forces and regiments during the British Raj. Congrats to attorney Ravi Bhalla, a friend from UC Berkeley, for the legal victory, one of a ceaseless tide for religious freedoms.
“It’s the first time New York City will see turbaned Sikh officers,” said Amardeep Singh, the legal director for the Sikh Coalition. “This is like our Rosa Parks, our first big civil rights victory in this country.”