The Indian-American community has donated $60,000 to family members of five police officers who were fatally shot by snipers who targeted them during rallies in Dallas to protest against the fatal shooting of two black men by police.
A cheque of $60,000 was recently presented to the Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings and executive assistant to Dallas Police Chief David Pughes, by a group of Indian-American community leaders led by AK Mago, founding chair of the US India Chamber of Commerce in Dallas.
“We appreciate the protection you give us. We wanted to recognise what you do for us every day,” Mago was quoted as saying by the local Dallas Morning News. “This is more than generous. I have such respect for the Indian community,” Rawling said.
About half of the amount came from US India Chamber and its members.
Other groups, such as the Dallas Indian Lions Club, DFW Hindu Temple, the DFW Gujarati Samaj, the Karya Siddhi Hanuman Temple, the Jain Society of North Texas and the India Association of North Texas, donated about $5,000 each, the daily said.
On July 7, a sniper ambushed and fired upon a group of police officers in Dallas, killing five officers and injuring nine others.