Back in February we reported on the shocking footage of a police officer in Alabama sweeping out the legs of an frail elderly man and slamming his face into the concrete, for no other reason that he did not understand what the officer was saying to him.
The incident left the man partially paralyzed and unable to walk, needing months of rehabilitation. Ironically, all Sureshbhai Patel was doing was taking a walk around his son’s neighborhood. Some busy body neighbor didn’t like the look of Patel and called the cops.
Mr Patel was severely injured and had to undergo surgery to fuse two vertebrae due to swelling in his spine.
Eventually the officer, Eric Parker, was arrested for assault and indicted on one count of felony use of unreasonable force.
Media coverage of the story forced Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) to formally apologize to the Indian government, given that Mr Patel was visiting his son, an American citizen, shortly after the birth of Mr Patel’s grandson.
To any reasonable person, the footage of the incident clearly shows it to be an open and shut case of excessive force. Mr Patel had done nothing wrong and was attacked by officer Parker because he did not respond (not understanding much English) and tried to pull away from the cop.
Jurors assigned to the case were not so sure, however. Being swayed by claims from defense attorneys who claimed officer Parker was frightened of the elderly man and acted to ensure his own safety.
“This was an escalated police action based on what Mr. Patel did,” Robert Tuten, Parker’s attorney, said during closing arguments.
The officer also testified that he lost his balance, as he took down Mr Patel, causing the take down to be much more severe than he had intended.
It seems the jury bought this, because they have been unable to come to a decision on four separate occasions, prompting U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Haikala to declare a mistrial.
“The government will retry the case,” the U.S. attorney’s office in the Northern District of Alabama said in a statement. “We look forward to having another jury hear the evidence.”
Welcome to America Mr Patel, where cops paralyze you for no reason and the justice system does nothing about it.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.