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Internet Celebrates Sikh-American Man Who Called Police on Bombing Suspect

by Charles Lam /

The internet is celebrating Harinder Bains, the Sikh-American business owner who discovered bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami sleeping in the doorway of his bar Monday morning, some calling Bains an "American hero."

Bains — who, according to civil rights organization The Sikh Coalition, immigrated to the United States from India 20 years ago — called the police after finding Rahami and reportedly conferring with a friend to confirm the identity of the person sleeping outside his bar.

"When I heard about the attacks and realized the suspect was sleeping in a doorway across the street, I did what any American would do," he said during a press conference. "I called the police. I'm not a hero. The police are heroes; the EMTs are heroes; everyone who is working to bring New York and New Jersey together today are heroes."

Social media users celebrated Bains, calling him a hero for identifying Rahami and highlighting his immigrant story.

During his press conference, Bains emphasized that he could have been mistaken for the suspect and reiterated the importance of making judgments and decisions based on evidence as opposed to bias.

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"As a Sikh American, I realize that I could have been mistaken for the perpetrator," he said. "My faith teaches me justice and tolerance for all, and I know that I'm lucky to live in a community that shares this view. I want to remind Americans that after an attack, we should target people based on evidence, not their faith or their country of origin or on their accent."

His supporters applauded that point of view.

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