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A Harris county tollway may be named after slain Sheriff‘s deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal

The announcement was made earlier today during the Harris county commissioner’s court hearing. 

Precinct 2 county commissioner Adrian Garcia requested that a section of the roadway between state highway 249 and U.S 209 be changed to the “Deputy Sandeep S. Dhaliwal memorial tollway.”

The change was approved by unanimous court members. 

To make the name change official, the request would have to be approved by the Texas department of transportation.

Garcia who originally lobbied for the downtown Houston criminal courthouse to be named after the slain deputy, but the defense attorney opposed the idea. 

They argued “naming a criminal justice building after a slain officer could inappropriately prejudice jurors in cases involving the police.”

Due to the lack of support from his colleagues, Garcia withdrew his request and found another way to honor his great friend and colleagues. 

In 2009 Garcia hired Dhaliwal, Dhaliwal then would push to make changes to the uniform policy and allow the deputy to wear a beard and turban in keeping with his Sikh faith.

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