- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A Sikh woman and certified firearms instructor believes she was racially profiled in Fremont, California, after a conversation with a Dick's Sporting Goods employee about AR-15 ammunition led to a police visit to her home.

Sim Sangha, a 24-year-old Indian-American who is preparing to join the Los Angeles Police Department, said she asked a store employee last week about buying eight boxes of ammunition for her AR-15, a local NBC News affiliate reported.

Ms. Sangha said she ended up not buying any ammo and left after purchasing an exercise mask. On Friday, she was visited by two Fremont police officers, who said the store employee had alerted them.

“I’m Sikh. I’m Indian. I was born and raised in America. I’m a citizen here,” Ms. Sangha told NBC. “I’m not a Muslim, but even if I was, I don’t think that that’s grounds for them to call the police on me instantly.”

Police said they are on heightened alert since Islamic extremists opened fire at a holiday party in San Bernardino, killing 14 people, NBC reported. Police said the officers apologized to Ms. Sangha but defended their duty to check out what residents consider “suspicious,” the station reported.

“I feel like I was racially profiled,” Ms. Sangha said. “I have tons of friends who are both law enforcement officers and normal citizens here, and they purchase ammunition all the time in bulk, before the San Bernardino shooting and after that incident as well. They’ve never been questioned before and they’ve never had the police show up at their house before.”

Dick's Sporting Goods did not return NBC’s requests for comment.

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