Alabama policeman arrested on charges of assaulting Indian visitor
A police officer has been arrested and charged with assault in Alabama after an encounter in which an Indian man visiting relatives was slammed to the ground and seriously injured.
Washington: A police officer has been arrested and charged with assault in Alabama after an encounter in which an Indian man visiting relatives was slammed to the ground and seriously injured.
The incident, which occurred on February 6 in Madison, Alabama, was captured on the police car`s dashcam video and widely seen on the Internet.
Madison police chief Larry Muncey said in a statement Thursday that the officer, Eric Parker, has been arrested and charged with assault in third degree.
In addition, the FBI is conducting a parallel inquiry to ascertain if there were any violations of federal law.
Muncey said he had recommended that Parker be fired and he apologized to the victim, Sureshbhai Patel, a 57-year-old grandfather who had traveled from India to visit his son.
Patel had gone out for a morning stroll. A short time later, police received a 911 call that a "suspicious person" was wandering around the neighborhood.
Parker, a field training officer, and a trainee exited the police car and approached Patel, who speaks no English.
The video footage shows Parker throwing Patel to the ground.
A police department statement released earlier this week explained that "officers attempted to pat the subject down and he attempted to pull away.
"The subject was forced to the ground, which resulted in injury ... The Madison Police Department wishes a speedy and full recovery to Mr Patel," the statement said.
Patel`s son, Chirag, later told CNN that his father had tried to communicate with the officers, telling them "No English. Indian," but nevertheless was accosted.
Media reports said Patel, who needed back surgery following his injuries, has filed a lawsuit in US federal court, alleging that he was rendered partially paralyzed after the inicident.