Sikh Temple Shootings
"Sikh Temple Shootings: Waking in Oak Creek" profiles how the community of Oak Creek, law enforcement, and Sikh followers forged strong bonds after the horrific shooting two years ago. A white supremacist, Wade Michael Page, killed six worshippers at the Sikh Temple on August 5, 2012. Five men and one woman died on that tragic day. Responding Oak Creek Police Officer Lieutenant Brian Murphy was shot 15 times but miraculously survived. The film was produced in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office as part of the Not in Our Town: Working Together for Safe, Inclusive Communities Initiative. Waking In Oak Creek reminds us that standing up to hate makes an important difference in our communities.
After the documentary, stay tuned as InterChange Host Dan Jones interviews three of the key individuals involved in the tragedy. Dan’s guests are Retired Oak Creek Police Officer Lieutenant Brian Murphy, Pardeep Kaleka, son of Satwant Singh Kaleka, who was killed in the shooting, and Oak Creek Mayor Stephen Scaffidi. They discuss their views on the documentary, where they think Oak Creek and their Sikh followers are today, and where they will be tomorrow.
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[Original Airdate: August 4, 2014] SIKH TEMPLE SHOOTINGS: WAKING IN OAK CREEK In 2012, Oak Creek, WI was rocked by hate after a white supremacist killed six worshippers at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. In the year following the attack, the mayor and police chief led the community, as they developed new bonds with their Sikh neighbors. Young temple members, and a police lieutenant, shot 15 times in the attack, inspire thousands to gather for events and honor the victims. This film highlights a community and law enforcement working together to overcome tragedy, stand up to hate, and create a safe town for all. Dan Jones concludes this special by speaking with Lt. Brian Murphy (retired) of the Oak Creek Police Department, Oak Creek Mayor Stephen Scaffidi, and Pardeep Kaleka, the son of Satwant Kaleka, the president of the temple who was gunned down in the rampage, along with five others. (Recorded July, 2014)
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