Remember Sureshbhai Patel? He is the Indian quinquagenarian who was slammed to the ground head first by an over cautious police officer in Madison, United States, on February 6, 2015.
That incident left Patel with a partial paralysis. But the cop who did this to him is now free of assault charges against him.
Sureshbhai Patel after the assault.
A court in Alabama dropped the charges of misdemeanor assault against 27-year-old Eric Parker.
The charges were filed following Parker’s acquittal in January. The cop was acquitted because the court felt that Patel resisted.
The police officer who brutally slammed Patel headfirst on the ground. Brynn Anderson / AP
The police action, captured on the dash-cam of the police vehicle
, against Patel had triggered an outrage against the US police both in the country and in India especially because Patel was innocent. A fundraiser was organised
online to help Patel’s family bear the medical expenses.
The 58-year-old Indian was merely visiting his son and grandson when an overanxious resident in the neighbourhood called the cops telling them that “a Black man was suspiciously looking at garages” while taking a walk.
In his testimony, Patel reiterated that he did not understand English and it was because of that he was unable to understand what the cops were saying.
Sureshbhai Patel and his son arriving at one of the trials of Parker late in 2015. Brynn Anderson / AP
Reacting to the decision of dropping the assault charge, Patel’s attorney Hank Sherrod told NBC that it proves “how difficult it is to hold law enforcement officers accountable under the criminal laws for brutal acts that would send an ordinary citizen to jail”. Parker still faces a civil lawsuit in connection with the incident.