Sunday 11th December 2016,

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Alabama Officer to Go on Trial a Third Time in Assault of Grandfather from India

posted by Randall

Sureshbhai PatelMadison Police Officer Eric Parker will stand trial again for his rough handling in last year’s incident with Sureshbhai Patel who was visiting Alabama from India to see his grandson.

WHNT reports a trial date on the state charge has been scheduled for June 8.

Two separate federal trials against Parker have ended in hung juries and the judge eventually dismissed the charge of excessive force.

The state charge of misdemeanor assault carries a jail term of one year.

Parker also faces a civil lawsuit in the case which has been delayed pending the outcome of the criminal cases.

The defense expressed confidence the state charges would be defeated.

Patel remains partially paralyzed after a leg sweep by Parker sent the grandfather’s body hard into the concrete sidewalk. The case gained notoriety after a police video of the incident became public.

Earlier this week, North Alabama Police Chief Larry Muncey was placed on administrative leave after a federal judge found him in contempt of court, reports India West.  Muncey and  Capt. Terrell Cook were accused of questioning colleagues who testified in the first federal trial. Muncey was banned from the courtroom, but then assigned one of his sergeants to monitor the case. He also ordered officers who testified in the case to submit reports to him about their testimony within 24 hours.

“South Asian communities must continue to mobilize,” said South Asian Americans Leading Together.  “We must lend support to the Movement for Black Lives, which has been calling us to action on the epidemic of police violence that disproportionately affects the lives of Black men, women, children and transgender people. This month’s small victory in the case must inspire us to stay vigilant,” SAALT said about the contempt of court charges.
 
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