Man Who Vandalized Sikh Place of Worship Ordered to Serve Members

By Kenrya Rankin Apr 22, 2016

In December, the Buena Park Gurdwara Singh Sabha was vandalized. “Islahm” [sic] and “Fuck ISIS” have long been removed from the Orange County, California, Sikh-American house of worship and a member’s truck, but NBC reports that the community now has closure for the incident.

Brodie Durazo, 21, was arrested shortly after the crime and charged with vandalism of a place of worship, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison. On Tuesday (April 19), Durazo—who visited the gurdwara to apologize following his arrest—was sentenced to three years of probation, 24 hours of graffiti cleanup and an additional 80 hours of community service to be served at the gurdwara. The Orange County Register reports that he also has to pay an undisclosed amount of restitution. It’s a punishment that is warmly welcomed by members.

“The gurdwara had specifically requested this type of sentencing for Mr. Durazo and we are pleased with the court’s decision,” Gurjot Kaur, senior staff attorney for The Sikh Coalition, told NBC News. “The approach and result in this case is consistent with the Sikh ethos. We believe it is much harder to re-offend and harm a person or community once you connect directly with them.”

Crimes against Muslims and those incorrectly perceived to be Muslims—like Sikhs—surged following the December 2, 2015, mass shooting in San Bernardino.