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Federal charge for ex-cop in confrontation with Indian man

4 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Friday, March 27 2015 Mar 27, 2015 March 27, 2015 10:56 AM March 27, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A former Alabama police officer is charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian man during a violent confrontation in February.

Former Madison police officer Eric Sloan Parker is charged with using unreasonable force that left Sureshbhai Patel (suh-RESH'-beye pah-TEL') hospitalized.

Federal prosecutors announced the charge Friday in Birmingham. A defense attorney says Parker will plead not guilty.

Patel was visiting relatives when police were called to a suburban neighborhood where he was walking Feb. 6.

The 57-year-old grandfather suffered injuries including partial paralysis when he was slammed face-first to the ground in a confrontation captured on video.

The 26-year-old Parker has since been fired and faces a state assault charge. Patel also has filed a civil lawsuit.

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