Kuldip Nag, 49, of 3574 Buck Ave. was arrested by Joliet police and booked into the county jail Tuesday on a charge of aggravated battery.
On Friday March 30, 2007 at around 3:00pm, Mr. Kuldip Singh Nag, a Sikh American who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the U.S. Navy during the first Gulf War, was at his home in Joliet, IL when a local police officer noticed that a van parked on Mr. Nag’s private property had expired registration tags. Upon being confronted with this, Mr. Nag’s wife, Vera Kaur Nag, informed the officer that the van is parked on their driveway and was inoperable.
Mr. Nag then came outside to answer the officer’s questions regarding the van. The Joliet police officer then demanded that Mr. Nag park the van inside his garage and not on the driveway, to which Mr. Nag responded to the officer that it was not possible and that regardless, the van is parked on his private property and he has a right to park it on his driveway.
At this moment, the officer pulled out his pepper spray and attacked Mr. Nag. As Mr. Nag screamed in agony, the officer removed his baton and violently struck Mr. Nag numerous times until he fell to the ground. While the assault ensued, the officer was reported by both Mr. and Mrs. Nag as saying, “You f****** Arab! You f***** immigrant, go back to you f****** country before I kill you!”
(Emphasis sic. Via Cory Doctorow at BoingBoing.)
Let me run this scenario through my bullshit detector, which
has never failed has been wrong plenty, but not usually: The cop is an asshole, and he got aggro with Nag's wife. Nag charged out to come to his wife's aid, and a screaming match ensued during which Nag and the cop went at it. The cop used the pepper spray and baton, and hurled the verbal abuse.
Interestingly, there is a pic, presumably snapped by Nag's wife on her cell:
Doesn't tell us a whole lot, unfortunately. There is some sort of stain in the middle of Nag's back. The cop appears to be right handed, and I don't see his stick, which should be on his left hip. He hasn't even cuffed Nag yet, but is on his radio, and a second cop car is approaching in the background.
Result? Nag goes to jail, I think. Moral: Use the video feature on your cell next time, Mrs. Nag.