Sandeep Dhaliwal: All you need to know about a Sikh cop who changed the law in Texas
Texas : 42-year-old Indian American Sikh cop has allegedly been killed in an incident in the US State of Texas. Identified as Sandeep Dhaliwal, he was more than just a cop and was a national figure for his courage and fight for his community.
Sandeep Dhaliwal was the first ever turbaned Sikh cop to serve Texas. He became famous nationwide for his courage to convince the Texas police department to allow him to wear religious attire and grow a beard while on patrol.
Since 2015, Sandeep Dhaliwal was the "history-making" police officer in Texas to serve while keeping his Sikh articles of faith, including a turban and beard.
After deadly 9/11 attacks in the US, there had been misperception about Sikhs'' religiously mandated turbans and beards have led to an increase in discrimination against the community.
Infact, the cops are trying to see this angle also if his murder is a case of hate crime.
Sandeep Dhaliwal worked with United Sikhs, a global humanitarian relief and advocacy nonprofit, to help organize the donation of truckloads of supplies for first responders after Harvey.