Houston deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal made national headlines in 2015 when the sheriffs office changed their policy to allow Dhaliwal to grow out his facial hair and wear a traditional Sikh turban while on patrol.
On September 27, 2019, the 10 year veteran of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office was shot and killed during a routine traffic stop in Harris County, Texas.
Just a year after his death, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill to name a Houston post office after the slain deputy.
“The Houston community, and the entire Sikh American community thank Congresswomen Fletcher for her efforts and dedication in making this bill a reality”, said SALDEF Regional Director Bobby Singh. “She has been the key legislator who worked passionately with her colleagues in Congress to bring this to a successful vote.”.