NZ Police corner suspected terrorist in Auckland

…and it’s a total balls up.   Here is the “bomb” he was carrying:


via RNZ

and here is what he looks like:  


via RNZ

Does he look like a lone wolf ISIS sympathiser to you?

Jaspreet Singh was sitting at Columbus cafe yesterday morning, outside Auckland Hospital, and a few metres away from the University of Auckland Medical School where he is studying to become a doctor.

Mr Singh is 21 and wears a turban as part of his Sikh faith.

He was meeting his mentor and research supervisor, Professor Luke Larkin, to talk about a research project he was keen to get involved with.

Two police officers entered the cafe 20 minutes later and asked Mr Singh to step outside. His professor initially refused on his behalf and argued the officers were picking on him because of his race.

Mr Singh said he was shocked but obliged and followed the police out.

“They took me outside and they explained that someone had called them and said I was doing something with wires in my laptop bag.”

He said his first reaction was to laugh, and the police quickly realised he posed no danger.

“They were quite apologetic because that was quite ridiculous. They were just doing their job.”

This is just so sad.  We have people who are so damned ignorant that they don’t even know that a Sikh does not follow the Muslim faith.

The cafe’s barista, Tove Carland, said she had been in the bathroom about 10 minutes earlier when she head a woman making a phone call, sounding very nervous, and describing a man in a turban sitting across from her.

When the police turned up, Ms Carland realised the woman had been calling the police.

She said she believed, from what she heard, it was no more than racism.

“They had no reason to call. She just said ‘oh, he has a turban’… So soon after the [Paris] terrorist attacks and everything, people are being crazy.”

Mr Singh said he could guess who had made the call because of the woman’s reaction to how he looked and how he was dressed.

“I think, [based on] when I entered the cafe initially, I think I know who made the call but I’d rather not say who it is.”

There is only one thing worse than an ignorant person.

An ignorant person that can vote.



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