Union City police chief retires; son pleads guilty for attack on Sikh man

Union City Police Chief Darryl McAllister’s five-year tenure is over. The police department announced Thursday evening that McAllister is retiring, effective Dec. 14.

It is unclear whether the timing of McAllister’s announcement is in any way tied to news reports on Thursday that his son, Tyrone McAllister, pleaded guilty to one felony charge of attempted robbery following an attack on a 71-year-old Sikh man in Manteca last fall, according to the Stockton Record.

Tyrone McAllister, 18, will be sentenced next Tuesday, Dec. 11. The guilty plea could result in one year in prison and 100 hours of community service, the paper reported.

The sentencing is the same day his father will receive a proclamation from the Union City Council honoring his service, according to a council agenda published this week.

In addition, a closed session item also for Tuesday night says the council will discuss naming an interim police chief.

The attack caught on surveillance was well-publicized in the local and state media not only for its brutality, but that the assailant’s father was a Bay Area police chief.

The incident was  further inflamed in Union City, which has a large Sikh population. In a Facebook posting by McAllister days after the attack–in which he revealed he was the suspect’s father–McAllister attempted to distanced himself from his son and his actions.

McAllister wrote on Aug. 8, “It’s difficult for us to comprehend how one of three kids who grew up with the same parents, under the same roof, with the same rules and same values and character could wander so far astray. We simply don’t know why, or how we got here.”

McAllister did not attend any of his son’s court proceedings, the Stockton Record reported.

McAllister began his career at the Hayward Police Department. In 2013, he was hired to lead the Union City Police Department and his credited with helping fostering trust between the community and law enforcement during his tenure.
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