More Police Training on Sikh Faith Called for in State Bill
Pracitcing members of the Skih religion are required to carry five articles of faith which includes a small curved blade called a kirpan. Long Beach Assemblyman Warren Furutani has introduced Assembly Bill 504--if passed, it would force police officers to be trained on the faith, according to the LA Times. In a statement, Furutani said "[the bill] recognizes the state’s responsibility to protect religious freedoms, while ensuring public safety. The Sikh community should not live in fear of arrest by law enforcement for carrying the kirpan, which is an integral part of their religious faith."