WASHINGTON: The US House of Representatives has passed a bill to rename a post office in Houston after Sikh Cop Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal who was martyred in an ambush last year.
The bill was co-sponsored by the entire Texas delegation.
H.R. 2575 passed by voice. The House is now debating H.R. 5317 – To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 315 Addicks Howell Road in Houston, Texas, as the “Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office Building”.— House Press Gallery (@HouseDailyPress) September 14, 2020
42-year-old Sandeep Dhaliwal was the first Indian-American in Texas to serve as a police officer while maintaining articles of faith.
Dhaliwal was gunned down in September 2019 during a routine traffic stop in the Cypress area. He was the first Sikh American in Texas to receive a policy accommodation to serve while wearing his articles of faith, including his turban and beard.
“I am very grateful to Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher and her commitment to honouring my husband’s memory,” according to a statement from Harwinder Kaur Dhaliwal, the deputy’s wife.