Sandeep Dhaliwal: Murdered US Sikh policeman honoured in UK

Hundreds of people in Wolverhampton, UK, have paid tribute to a Sikh US police officer who was killed during a routine p...

The murder of Harris County Sheriff Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, 42 - who was hailed as a "trailblazer" for becoming the first officer in Texas to wear a traditional Sikh turban and beard - sent shockwaves through the US as well as in Sikh communities around the world.

Sun Kaur, of United Sikhs, said that as the group's homeland security director, Dhaliwal "lived everyday in service of others". She said he "proudly wore his turban" to symbolise his commitment to "equality for all".

Dhaliwal had been drawn to a life of community service, speaker after speaker recounted during the memorial on Saturday.

His father served in the Indian Navy and his uncle, too had served in the Indian military.

Dhaliwal's sister, Spring Vale ward Labour councillor Rupinderjit Kaur, also paid tribute to her brother at the memorial service which she had helped organise.

"People say he was in the wrong place at the wrong time but I say he was in the right place because he was doing his duty," she had said when she first learned of his death in the US.

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