Teen charged in road rage incident after hate crime investigation

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DARIEN, Ill. — Some civil rights groups are angry that a road rage incident that was being investigated as a hate crime, only resulted in battery charges.

Inderjit Singh Mukker, a Sikh American, said he was driving to the store in Darien Tuesday night when a teen aged driver cut him off and started yelling at him. Mukker says he pulled over to let the teen pass. Mukker says that’s when the teen got out and started punching him in the face.

He says the teen called him a terrorist, and other racial slurs.

Mukker wrote down the license plate number of the car, and police tracked the teen down in Willowbrook.

Police say the teen punched the arresting officer in the face.

The 17-year-old has been charged with felony aggravated battery.

Mukker, his family, the Sikh Coalition and other civil rights groups have called for the beating to be prosecuted as a hate crime.

More information available at: SikhCoalition.org