A California police chief issued an open letter after his son was arrested as a suspect in the beating of a 71-year-old Sikh man, HuffPost reports.
Sahbit Singh Natt was beaten by two men while walking in Greystone Park in Manteca, California Monday.
On Wednesday, Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister wrote that he was “disgusted” to learn his own son, 18-year-old Tyrone Keith McAllister, is a suspect in the assault.
“Words can barely describe how embarrassed, dejected, and hurt my wife, daughters, and I feel right now,” McAllister wrote on Facebook.
“Violence and hatred is not what we have taught our children; intolerance for others is not even in our vocabulary, let alone our values. Crime has never been an element of our household, our values, nor the character to which we hold ourselves.”
“Despite having the desire any parent would have in wanting to protect their child, my oath is (and always will be) to the law and my vow of integrity guides me through this horrendous difficulty,” McAllister wrote, adding that his son ran away a few years ago and associated with a “bad crowd” that led to a series of thefts that resulted in a stint in juvie and later in an adult jail.
“It’s difficult for us to comprehend how one of three kids who grew up with the same parents, under the same roof, with the same rules and same values and character could wander so far astray,” McAllister wrote.