MADISON, AL (TIP): A federal Judge ‘Madeline Haikala’ has thrown out the case against Eric Parker, thereby acquitting the former policeman charged with the serious assault on Sureshbhai Patel.
The decision comes as Parker’s previous two trials ended in hung juries.
In her 92-page opinion District Judge Haikala said evidence presented during Madison police officer Eric Parker’s two trials did not eliminate the reasonable doubt that the policeman was guilty of a crime.
“The court has no reason to expect a different result in a subsequent trial given the totality of the evidence that the parties have provided,” Ms Haikala wrote.
The encounter took place on February 6, 2015 when Mr. Patel, who was visiting his son in Madison, Alabama, to help care for his new-born grandson, was set upon by Parker after neighbors called in suspicions of a “skinny black guy” to the police emergency line.
Although Mr. Patel could be seen on video trying to explain that he was from India, that he did not speak English and that he was a resident of the neighborhood, Parker and another officer proceeded to stop and search him and without warning; Parker could then be seen flinging Mr. Patel to the ground.
The episode caused a wave of outrage in India, prompting India’s Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson to complain about the use of “excessive force” by Madison police
Shortly thereafter Parker was fired and Alabama Governor Robert Bentley as well as the police chief of Madison apologized to the Indian government for the treatment of Mr. Patel.