Ala. officer arrested, accused of injuring Indian granddad

MADISON, Ala. (AP) – Authorities have arrested an Alabama police officer accused of badly injuring an Indian man who was visiting relatives in the state.

Police in Madison, a north Alabama city, say officer Eric Parker was charged with assault.

Chief Larry Muncey says Parker will be fired.

The announcement came hours after Sureshbhai Patel filed a federal lawsuit. The 57-year-old man says he was visiting his son’s family when he was stopped by police Feb. 6 while walking in a neighborhood.

A video released by police shows an officer throwing the man to the ground. The lawsuit says Patel suffered injuries including partial paralysis.

Patel’s attorney says he speaks little English and was accosted because of his brown skin.

The police chief says Patel committed no crime, and that the FBI is investigating.

No attorney was immediately listed for Parker.

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