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Federal Judge “Dismisses Case” Against Cop Who Paralyzed Innocent Grandfather on Video

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Andrew Emett | The Free Thought Project

Birmingham, AL — Although the governor of Alabama formally apologized to the Indian government last year and promised that justice would be served, a federal judge on Wednesday tossed out the civil rights case against the former cop responsible for partially paralyzing an innocent grandfather. Despite the fact that two separate police dashcam videos recorded the blatant use of excessive force on an elderly man, the judge dismissed the case because the officer’s two previous trials ended in hung juries.



At 9:00 a.m. on February 6, 2015, Sureshbhai Patel had been visiting his son’s family in Madison, Alabama, when he decided to take a morning walk through the neighborhood. Although the Indian grandfather had committed no crime, Madison Police Officer Eric Parker and his partner confronted Patel on the sidewalk in an attempt to question him. Unable to communicate with the officers or understand their commands, Patel tried to speak in broken English.

“He’s saying, ‘No English,’” Parker’s partner observed as they continued to interrogate Patel.


Parker later testified that Patel’s actions and appearance were “in sequence” with those of a burglar because the Indian grandfather did not answer questions and attempted to walk away during their encounter. Although Patel had not broken the law and was not carrying any weapons or burglary equipment, Parker suspected he was a burglar. At no point did he consider the possibility that Patel was visiting the country from India, struggling to communicate, and could not speak English.

Two police dashcam videos recorded Parker restraining Patel’s arms behind his back before suddenly sweeping the man’s legs out from under him while simultaneously slamming Patel face-first into the ground. With blood pouring down his face, Patel remained on the lawn unable to feel his arms and legs.



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    This is what happens when you have blind, cop-loving idiots on the jury.

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    To be honest this case says more about the jury, the public, and their support of police than the governor. They tried the case twice but couldn’t get a jury to convict. We have more work to do on this site.

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