Two days after a Sikh cop in Texas murdered on duty, tens of thousands of people across the city on Sunday honoured the widely respected deputy sherrif of Harris County in Texas.
Sandeep Dhaliwal, one of the first sheriff’s deputies in the United States to wear a traditional Sikh turban on duty, was shot from behind on Friday while conducting a traffic stop near Houston.
A moment of silence was held at the same NRG stadium in Houston where PM Modi attended the ‘Howdy, Modi’ event.
Dhaliwal’s department photograph was displayed on the video board as the stadium became quiet.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez paid tribute to Dhaliwal, a father of three, saying that “he wore the turban, he represented his community with integrity, respect and pride.”
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Dhaliwal had been in law enforcement for 10 years after selling his lucrative trucking business to take up a job that he hoped would improve community relations for Sikhs, who often face prejudice, the Washington Post reported.