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The family of Cpl. Ronil Singh, a California police officer shot and killed during a routine traffic stop, spoke Wednesday, May 22 during the 38th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service at the White House.
After being pulled up to the stage by President Donald J. Trump and encouraged by applause, Cpl. Singh’s brother, mother, and wife, carrying their 10-month-old son expressed gratitude for the United States.
“I’d like to thank every single law enforcement officer over here,” Reggie Singh, Cpl. Singh’s brother said. “This man over here, the Singh family supports him. Whatever he is doing for law enforcement, we are supporting him.”
Cpl. Singh was killed Dec. 26, 2018 in Newman, California, during a traffic stop by an undocumented immigrant. Cpl. Singh, a native of Fiji, had been with the Newman Police Department since July 2011 and was assigned as a K-9 officer. Prior to that position, he worked with the Merced County Sheriff’s Department.
During Wednesday’s service, President Trump praised Cpl. Singh’s dedication as a public servant and peace officer.
“Ronil came to this country legally in 2003 with the dream of earning the badge of an American police officer,” Trump said. “That was always his dream. And that’s exactly what Ronil did. He devoted his life to defending the laws of our country.”
Cpl. Singh is survived by his wife, Anamika and 10-month-old son, Arnav.
Anamika Singh thanked the President and her fellow law enforcement families.
“You’re the only one who actually reached out and gave your condolences. We all, every family sitting out here, wants justice for what happened to their loved ones, and that’s what I want for my husband,” she said, as Arnav’s cries punctuated into the microphone.
Since his inauguration, President Trump has been tough on immigration and sanctuary cities. His original 10-point plan called for the elimination of sanctuary city status, which the state of California notoriously bucked against when it passed Senate Bill 54 in 2017, making it the first ‘sanctuary state’ in the nation.
Beyond working to push back against sanctuary states, President Trump has been fighting to curb illegal immigration by building a wall between the United States and Mexico in an effort to strengthen border security. According to a May 20 report by Customs and Border Protection, $1.5 billion will be used to update or build 80 miles of a border wall.
“There will be justice,” President Trump said. “Justice will happen. We have the people and the mindset. We are taking care of people and taking care of everybody.”
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