An Alabama Police Department has just released horrifying dashboard camera video of a grandfather visiting from India being slammed to the ground by an officer. Sureshbhai Patel, came to Madison, Al from India for a visit with his son’s family, was out for a walk in the neighborhood when he was approached by Field Training Officer Eric Parker and his Trainee Andrew Slaughter on Feb. 6. The two cops were apparently responding to a non-emergency call from an unidentified caller who claimed he spotted a “skinny black guy” wondering around the suburb and allegedly peeking into garages. The Associated Press is reporting the caller claimed he saw the same man in the area a day earlier, and was nervous leaving his wife and children at home. Parker and Slaughter arrive within minutes and started to question Patel, who doesn’t speak English. Patel is heard saying, “no English” after the officers continuously grill him on where is he going and why is he in the area. One of the officers on the video says to Patel:
What’s going on, sir? You’re what? India?
Patel then tries to walk away from the officers when they tried to frisk him, with one of them warning:
Do not jerk away from me again.
Police cruiser footage captures Parker retraining Patel by putting his arms behind his back and then viciously slamming him face-first into the ground. Watch the shocking video below.
Patel remains on the ground for a few minutes when officers try to pull him back up, where another officer remarked:
You’re all right. Stand up.
Patel was taken to a nearby hospital where has suffered partial paralysis due to his injuries. Officer Parker was then fired, arrested and charged with third degree assault. Patel has filed a federal lawsuit where he charges his civil rights were violated. Police Chief Larry Muncey stated at a press conference:
I found that Officer Eric Parker’s actions did not meet the high standards and expectations of the Madison City Police Department.
Patel’s family has started a GoFundMe page to help with his medical bills, which has raised $135,838 of $100,000 of its goal.