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Friday, 11 December 2020

Sikh cop’s legacy will inspire generations, says US Senator

Washington, December 10

Slain Sikh police officer Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, who was gunned down in the line of duty during a routine traffic stop in Houston a year ago, was a hero and a trailblazer, whose commitment to his faith would inspire generations of Sikhs and other religious minorities to serve in law enforcement, US Senator Ted Cruz said.

Cruz’s remarks came after the US Senate unanimously passed a legislation to name a post office in Houston after him.

Cruz, the US Senator for Texas, said Dhaliwal had left a profound legacy on the law-enforcement community. “Deputy Dhaliwal was a hero. He was deeply committed to his faith, family, and to serving others with compassion,” Cruz said on the Senate floor on Tuesday.

“When he was first recruited by the sheriff’s office, Deputy Dhaliwal petitioned the office to allow him to wear his turban and beard while in uniform, becoming the first to be allowed to do so,” he said. “Dhaliwal’s commitment to his faith will inspire generations of Sikhs and other religious minorities to serve in law enforcement and protect our communities,” he said.

On September 27, 2019, Deputy Dhaliwal (42) was killed in the line of duty in service of his community. In his remarks, Cruz also remembered Dhaliwal’s commitment to love and peace.

The US House of Representatives and Senate have passed the bipartisan legislation to rename the post office at 315 Addicks Howell Road in Houston as Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office Building. The Bill is now headed to the White House for it to sign into a law by outgoing President Donald Trump.

The post office named after Dhaliwal in Houston is the second US post office to be named after an Indian American. The first one was named after the first Indian American Congressman Dalip Singh Saund in Southern California in 2006. — PTI

from The Tribune

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