Assault Charges Dropped Against Alabama Officer Who Paralyzed Indian Man

Sureshbhai Patel's lawyer says the decision to drop the charges are deeply troubling, but not surprsing

A judge dismissed charges against an Alabama police officer who allegedly slammed an Indian man to the ground last February during a suspicious-person stop, NBC News reported. 

Two federal juries failed to reach verdicts in the civil rights case against Eric Parker, the Madison, Alabama, officer accused of taking down 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel, who was left seriously injured.

In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala wrote it was reasonable for Parker to have investigated Patel because of a 911 call on Feb. 6.  

Parker responded to a call about a suspicious black man looking in garages and walking near houses and encountered Patel.

Patel, visiting his son and grandson from India, testified he didn’t understand English when confronted by officers on his walk. Dashcam video showed Patel slammed to the ground, which resulted in injuries to his spine and partial paralysis. 

Parker still faces a civil lawsuit in connection with the incident.

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