October 27, 2022 – In Breaking News – CNN
The man who gunned down the Houston area’s beloved first Sikh sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to death, according to court records.
“We are extremely grateful that justice has been served,” Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez tweeted.
“Sandeep changed our Sheriff’s Office family for the better, and we continue striving to live up to his example of servant leadership. May he Rest In Peace.”
It took jurors less than an hour last week to convict Robert Solis of capital murder for the 2019 death of Sandeep Dhaliwal.
(“Sandeep changed our Sheriff’s Office family for the better, and we continue striving to live up to his example of servant leadership,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said on Twitter. “May he Rest In Peace.” Courtesy of FOX 26 Houston and YouTube. Posted on Oct 26, 2022.)
Dhaliwal was Harris County’s first observant Sikh sheriff’s deputy. He gained national attention for helping change the department’s policy to allow articles of faith, such as a turban, to be worn while on the force.
In September 2019, Dhaliwal pulled over Solis, who was wanted for a parole violation, during a traffic stop.
As Dhaliwal was walking back to his patrol car, Solis shot the deputy in the back of his head.
A deputy who helped anyone and everyone
Dhaliwal paved the way for other law enforcement officers of the Sikh religion, which preaches equality and service to others.
(At the Sikh Center on the northwest side, everyone knew Dhaliwal, even before he became a deputy. Courtesy of KHOU 11 and YouTube. Posted on Oct 26, 2022.)
“He wanted to show that a Sikh person with a turban is a symbol of someone who’s there to provide service, to provide help whenever you need it,” childhood friend BJ Josan said after the deputy’s death.
There are more than 25 million Sikhs around the world and about 500,000 in the US, according to The Sikh Coalition.
On or off duty, Dhaliwal was always finding ways to help strangers.
“He laughed and joked with all of us, and left a bright impression on my son who is deaf,” a resident posted to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.
(Learn More. Courtesy of KPRC 2 Click2Houston and YouTube. Posted on Nov 4, 2022.)
Continue reading… Robert Solis, who killed trailblazing Texas sheriff’s deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, is sentenced to death
Editor’s note: Our thoughts and prayers remain with the family of Harris County Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, both blood and blue. You have our deepest gratitude for your bravery in serving the citizens of Harris County, with pride and distinction. You will not be forgotten.
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