An Alabama police officer who caused 57 year old Sureshbhai Patel to be hospitalized in a state of paralysis will not face criminal charges for his actions.
On February 6, 2015, Alabama police offers stopped Sureshbhai Patel after receiving a call to investigate from a neighbor who did not recognize him.
Patel had only been staying at his son’s house for two weeks when this happened.
Police attempted to frisk him while ignoring his statements of “No English” and gestures towards his son’s house.
When Patel moved during the frisking, police officer Eric Parker slung him to the ground where he was bleeding and in need of paramedics.
A judge has recently thrown out the civil rights case for this incident, after two previous trials. U.S. District Judge Haikala states that reasonable doubt to Parker’s guilt exists because his actions may have been in line with his training when faced with an uncooperative suspect and that dashcam evidence contradicts Patel’s testimony.
Patel has stated through an interpreter that his limited English proficiency prevented him from understanding the officer, something that Judge Haikala has criticized.
Patel needed a vertebrae replaced and could not move his hands after the attack.
Patel (left) and his son Chirag before Parker’s first trial. Image courtesy of al.com
A civil rights case against Parker is impending.
A video of Patel’s takedown can be found here: http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/01/judge_throws_out_case_against.html