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No Justice for Indian Grandfather Left Paralyzed by Alabama Cop — Mistrial Declared


Huntsville, AL – After a jury failed to reach a decision in the federal trial of an Alabama police officer, which left an Indian grandfather partially paralyzed, the judge declared a mistrial in the case.

The surprising announcement by U.S. District Court Judge Madeline Haikala came after jurors told the judge on four separate occasions that they were unable come to a unanimous decision.

Officer Eric Parker is accused of using excessive force while violating the civil rights of a man from India. Parker was caught on video violently slamming 58-year-old, Sureshbhai Patel to the ground in early February 2015. This left Patel with severe injuries, including partial paralysis.

Patel, who was in the U.S. visiting relatives, was approached by officer Eric Parker as he was taking a morning walk. The incident began after a paranoid neighbor reported a “suspicious” thin black man walking through the neighborhood.

Parker was subsequently arrested for assault after the brutal encounter with Patel, which was caught on dash camera. When the incident became public, it sparked international outrage. The Indian man had only recently come to the United States to assist in caring for his grandson, and spoke no English. The condemnation went so far as to force Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley (R) to  formally apologized to the Indian government.

A grand jury indicted Parker in March on one count of felony use of unreasonable force.

During the trial, the defense attempted to portray Parker as a scared officer simply reacting to the actions of Patel, claiming that the officer escalated his use of force commensurate to the victim.

“This was an escalated police action based on what Mr. Patel did,” Robert Tuten, Parker’s attorney, said during closing arguments.

Parker incredulously claimed that he simply lost his balance as he took the grandfather to the ground, which he did because he feared for his safety as Patel reached into his pockets and pulled away from him.

According to the Washington Post:

Patel testified through a translator during the trial, telling jurors that he recognized men wearing police uniforms shouting from behind him but he couldn’t understand their commands, WHNT reported. “No English, no English,” Patel said to them, he testified. He also testified that he didn’t resist.

Closing arguments came Wednesday and jurors first informed the judge Thursday that they were deadlocked. The judge urged the jury to come to an unanimous decision Friday after they had sent her three notes declaring that they reached an impasse, AL.com reported.

The failure of the jury to decide that Parker’s actions were criminal shows a level of indoctrination into a level of authoritarian control that baffles the mind.

The video clearly shows this cop approach a man who speaks no English and escalate the situation into a violent encounter that left a man partially paralyzed.

“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.”

The idea that this behavior was anything less than criminal shows either an extreme ignorance of what conduct is legally acceptable for a cop, or a blatant disregard for Patel’s civil rights, most likely for having a darker complexion in Alabama. Hopefully, the next jury holds Parker accountable for his thuggish behavior captured in this brutal video.


Jay Syrmopoulos is an investigative journalist, free thinker, researcher, and ardent opponent of authoritarianism. He is currently a graduate student at University of Denver pursuing a masters in Global Affairs. Jay’s work has been published on Ben Swann’s Truth in Media, Truth-Out, AlterNet, InfoWars, MintPressNews and many other sites. You can follow him on Twitter @sirmetropolis, on Facebook at Sir Metropolis and now on tsu.

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  • no accountability,,,

  • no accountability,,,

  • Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what could be.

    • If this was your dear beloved grandfather would you say those same words?

    • That is the right attitude. Justice is an imagined thing. It’s revenge prettied up with a bow. There is no justice, only living with reality.

    • No matter what they do, Mr Patel will always be paralyzed.

    • That will sure get the abuse of power to stop. Hey guys! let’s just ignore it! It’s mostly just minorities anyway am I right? Woosh. I’m glad that’s over…..

  • Accept what is, let go of what was and have faith in what could be.

    • If this was your dear beloved grandfather would you say those same words?

    • That is the right attitude. Justice is an imagined thing. It’s revenge prettied up with a bow. There is no justice, only living with reality.

    • No matter what they do, Mr Patel will always be paralyzed.

    • That will sure get the abuse of power to stop. Hey guys! let’s just ignore it! It’s mostly just minorities anyway am I right? Woosh. I’m glad that’s over…..

  • Since the case required a unanimous verdict by the jury, I would be very interested to know how many jurors disagreed with the prosecution. It would only have taken one juror to side with the officer, although I damn sure don’t see how or why any one could think this was justifiable. I hope the second trial results in justice for this poor man.

  • Since the case required a unanimous verdict by the jury, I would be very interested to know how many jurors disagreed with the prosecution. It would only have taken one juror to side with the officer, although I damn sure don’t see how or why any one could think this was justifiable. I hope the second trial results in justice for this poor man.

  • Madison County is also where what came to be known as the “revenge beatdown” by police on a citizen took place. The victim in that incident was awarded a substantial amount of money. Maybe the juror or jurors who held out were worrying about how much Mr. Patel might be awarded.

    • The award was paid by the taxpayers. The police department’s budget was completely unaffected. Therefore it will have no effect on their future actions.

    • The jury was composed of tax-payers.

  • Madison County is also where what came to be known as the “revenge beatdown” by police on a citizen took place. The victim in that incident was awarded a substantial amount of money. Maybe the juror or jurors who held out were worrying about how much Mr. Patel might be awarded.

    • The award was paid by the taxpayers. The police department’s budget was completely unaffected. Therefore it will have no effect on their future actions.

    • The jury was composed of tax-payers.

  • Unacceptable. That cop is a racist criminal.

  • Unacceptable. That cop is a racist criminal.

  • While I agree, if the video is explicit to the incident and shows misconduct – on the surface it looks like a loss. However, a mistrial is better than a not guilty verdict. There is still hope. And the state said it will re-try the case. At least now the prosecution can analyze the jury’s response and issues with coming to a decision and address those concerns in the next trial to inoculate them before a decision has to be made.

  • While I agree, if the video is explicit to the incident and shows misconduct – on the surface it looks like a loss. However, a mistrial is better than a not guilty verdict. There is still hope. And the state said it will re-try the case. At least now the prosecution can analyze the jury’s response and issues with coming to a decision and address those concerns in the next trial to inoculate them before a decision has to be made.

  • Bullies with badges… every time.

  • Bullies with badges… every time.

  • I can’t post to the fb page of those cops. I guess back when this happened they didn’t like me calling them dumb Hicks.

  • I can’t post to the fb page of those cops. I guess back when this happened they didn’t like me calling them dumb Hicks.

  • How can this happen?

  • How can this happen?

  • What if this was your grandfather visiting from out of town out of state or out of country…??

    • if it was mine i would of flown over and shot the bastard myself

    • Steve Obrien You’d shoot your own grandfather? 🙂

  • What if this was your grandfather visiting from out of town out of state or out of country…??

    • if it was mine i would of flown over and shot the bastard myself

    • Steve Obrien You’d shoot your own grandfather? 🙂

  • We are in big trouble if that was justified. We can only hope they take it to trial again

  • We are in big trouble if that was justified. We can only hope they take it to trial again

  • What?

  • What?

  • I have seen the video and it was the usual suspect a caucasian cop going through his sociopathic and beast like episode so brutally slammed this old man on the ground for doing absolutely nothing. Only crime I see this man has commited I guess that he came to this earth as a nonwhite individual. I think nations around the world should be ethnically cleansed by the Europeans similar to how Native Americans were all murdered. Then I am sure the “superior” race or the “civilized” people will eat each other. Hopefully then, the world can have a fresh beginning from the scratch and maybe then there won’t be anymore sick, murderous and savage culture in the new world.

    • So, encourage murder to stop murder? Where have i heard that before? Oh yeah. Its the same shit spewed by warmongers for keeping military personnel in the ME.

    • I think I heard that shit before coming from your mouth. “The white man is a cancer on the world & needs to be dealt with accordingly.”

  • I have seen the video and it was the usual suspect a caucasian cop going through his sociopathic and beast like episode so brutally slammed this old man on the ground for doing absolutely nothing. Only crime I see this man has commited I guess that he came to this earth as a nonwhite individual. I think nations around the world should be ethnically cleansed by the Europeans similar to how Native Americans were all murdered. Then I am sure the “superior” race or the “civilized” people will eat each other. Hopefully then, the world can have a fresh beginning from the scratch and maybe then there won’t be anymore sick, murderous and savage culture in the new world.

    • So, encourage murder to stop murder? Where have i heard that before? Oh yeah. Its the same shit spewed by warmongers for keeping military personnel in the ME.

    • I think I heard that shit before coming from your mouth. “The white man is a cancer on the world & needs to be dealt with accordingly.”

  • This off8cer wanted2 injure this man..and did

  • This off8cer wanted2 injure this man..and did

  • Typical protecting of bad cops by a bad judge.. for cities profit…

  • Typical protecting of bad cops by a bad judge.. for cities profit…

  • Give it time, eventually most copsuckers will end up with a family member getting the bloody end of the stick, literally.

  • Give it time, eventually most copsuckers will end up with a family member getting the bloody end of the stick, literally.

  • Indicative of the caliber of sub human law enforcement loves to hire.

    • Sadly you are correct. Intelligent people ARE being rejected for being to smart to be a cop. That is double-speak for not being dumb enough to accept unlawful orders.

  • Indicative of the caliber of sub human law enforcement loves to hire.

    • Sadly you are correct. Intelligent people ARE being rejected for being to smart to be a cop. That is double-speak for not being dumb enough to accept unlawful orders.

  • Again?

  • Again?

  • These are the cops that should have a blanket party thrown for them by their community. This is bullshit.

  • These are the cops that should have a blanket party thrown for them by their community. This is bullshit.

  • Racist fuckn cop there

  • Racist fuckn cop there

  • “Sorry, bud. You work for us, and you are NOT doing what we signed you up to do. In fact, you’re doing the opposite. Fuck what your bosses say, fuck your union. We don’t want you afoot in our community with a gun and a badge. You may go now.”
    Just waiting for Americans to get their heads out of their asses and start saying this to these little monsters…..
    For God’s sake! It’s like we hired Dennis the Menace on steroids, and when he fucked up real good, his answer for his actions was ” You can’t stop me! Nee-ner Nee-ner Nee-ner!” And we let his word be the last..! Wake up, you assholes! You trusting and tolerating these shitheads is really starting to make YOU look fucking stupid, American public!!!

  • “Sorry, bud. You work for us, and you are NOT doing what we signed you up to do. In fact, you’re doing the opposite. Fuck what your bosses say, fuck your union. We don’t want you afoot in our community with a gun and a badge. You may go now.”
    Just waiting for Americans to get their heads out of their asses and start saying this to these little monsters…..
    For God’s sake! It’s like we hired Dennis the Menace on steroids, and when he fucked up real good, his answer for his actions was ” You can’t stop me! Nee-ner Nee-ner Nee-ner!” And we let his word be the last..! Wake up, you assholes! You trusting and tolerating these shitheads is really starting to make YOU look fucking stupid, American public!!!

  • Police get away with too much.

    • Just wondering if all these police being murdered might be because the American people have had enought of their thin blue code of silence for way to long now karma is playing like a bitch

  • Police get away with too much.

    • Just wondering if all these police being murdered might be because the American people have had enought of their thin blue code of silence for way to long now karma is playing like a bitch

  • Frightening to have people like that on the street, and doubly so when they are cops with no disincentive to behave like this.

  • Frightening to have people like that on the street, and doubly so when they are cops with no disincentive to behave like this.

  • “We The People” must totally remove and replace our government! We can and will do better than what currently infest this peice of shit government.

  • “We The People” must totally remove and replace our government! We can and will do better than what currently infest this peice of shit government.

  • Remove/Replace, totally!

  • Remove/Replace, totally!

  • That judge should be fired immediately and barred from any position within the legal system for the rest of his life.

  • That judge should be fired immediately and barred from any position within the legal system for the rest of his life.

  • I did not expect justice – after watching the news for months it is very clear that even video evidence is not enough to make bad cops accountable – the only thing that will happen is taxpayers will end up paying for this

  • I did not expect justice – after watching the news for months it is very clear that even video evidence is not enough to make bad cops accountable – the only thing that will happen is taxpayers will end up paying for this

  • The police need to change their motto, from “Protect and Serve” to “Discriminate and Cripple”

  • The police need to change their motto, from “Protect and Serve” to “Discriminate and Cripple”

  • If the courts won’t dispense justice don’t be surprised when the people do!!

  • If the courts won’t dispense justice don’t be surprised when the people do!!

  • There’s still time for somebody to kill the cop. That would be justice. NO?

    • I couldn’t have said it better myself! “Violence begets violence.” Justice system failed, but there’s still the biblical meaning of justice: eye for an eye.

  • There’s still time for somebody to kill the cop. That would be justice. NO?

    • I couldn’t have said it better myself! “Violence begets violence.” Justice system failed, but there’s still the biblical meaning of justice: eye for an eye.

  • i’ll bet most of that jury where white piece of shit devils. the white man is a cancer on the world and needs to be dealt with accordingly.

  • i’ll bet most of that jury where white piece of shit devils. the white man is a cancer on the world and needs to be dealt with accordingly.

  • whilst i have several usa citizens as friends (I make the distinction between american and usa) whom i would like to one day visit, this is telling me and the rest of the world that ‘visitors to the usa’ are not welcome, i now do not want to visit the states and my friends because i do not trust the usa laws to protect my rights.

  • whilst i have several usa citizens as friends (I make the distinction between american and usa) whom i would like to one day visit, this is telling me and the rest of the world that ‘visitors to the usa’ are not welcome, i now do not want to visit the states and my friends because i do not trust the usa laws to protect my rights.

  • This is why India buys from Russia.

  • This is why India buys from Russia.

  • Sickening. I saw the cops brutalize this old man. Makes me nauseous.

  • Sickening. I saw the cops brutalize this old man. Makes me nauseous.

  • This poor old man. Disgusting, I hope the tax payers have to pay him for this unnecessary act that has changed his life. Maybe it’ll get them to demand more changes from their police department. I bet if that guy was white, they would’ve said guilty with no questions asked.

  • This poor old man. Disgusting, I hope the tax payers have to pay him for this unnecessary act that has changed his life. Maybe it’ll get them to demand more changes from their police department. I bet if that guy was white, they would’ve said guilty with no questions asked.

  • Brown skin people, like black, red and yellow skin people get NO justice in this FUKING cesspool called AMERIKKKA.

  • Brown skin people, like black, red and yellow skin people get NO justice in this FUKING cesspool called AMERIKKKA.

  • have a neighborhood that’s is fucking racist and then has and idiot stupid moron with a badge and a gun assaults the guy without no reason then he gets arrested and ends up in a trail and the jury can’t unified the decision well one thing left its in Alabama right. I got nothing agains then but one thing most of the people in Alabama they’re racist they don’t even like their own kind. I’m not surprised

  • have a neighborhood that’s is fucking racist and then has and idiot stupid moron with a badge and a gun assaults the guy without no reason then he gets arrested and ends up in a trail and the jury can’t unified the decision well one thing left its in Alabama right. I got nothing agains then but one thing most of the people in Alabama they’re racist they don’t even like their own kind. I’m not surprised

  • that fuckin alabama redneck piece of shit officer is a fucking goddamn moran. “do you understand me?” idiot should go back to fucking preschool. id like to see him go to india and act like that. he’d be robbed beaten, etc.

  • that fuckin alabama redneck piece of shit officer is a fucking goddamn moran. “do you understand me?” idiot should go back to fucking preschool. id like to see him go to india and act like that. he’d be robbed beaten, etc.

  • Convict the fuck

  • Convict the fuck

  • Not again! What does it take to convict a violent cop in this country … http://phandroid.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Picard-Facepalm.jpg

  • Not again! What does it take to convict a violent cop in this country … http://phandroid.s3.amazonaws.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Picard-Facepalm.jpg

  • #bluepriviledge

  • #bluepriviledge

  • Indian so dont count! Only red necks are humman there

    • Some of us in Alabama are really pissed off about this-to the point that our Governor apologized to the country of India. When they re-try this officer, I hope he is convicted. There is no excuse for what happened to Mr. Patel.

  • Indian so dont count! Only red necks are humman there

    • Some of us in Alabama are really pissed off about this-to the point that our Governor apologized to the country of India. When they re-try this officer, I hope he is convicted. There is no excuse for what happened to Mr. Patel.

  • Un-fucking-believable.

  • Un-fucking-believable.

  • was the jury white?? I bet they were!!!

  • was the jury white?? I bet they were!!!

  • was the jury white??? i bet they were

  • was the jury white??? i bet they were

  • was the jury white??

  • was the jury white??

  • We shall see

  • We shall see

  • The mistrial was set up on purpose so the law wins.

  • The mistrial was set up on purpose so the law wins.

  • Racism, pure and simple.

  • Racism, pure and simple.

  • Hope this POS cop gets what’s coming to him. Notice how he starts wiping grass and dirt off of this innocent man

  • Hope this POS cop gets what’s coming to him. Notice how he starts wiping grass and dirt off of this innocent man

  • Just fucking shameful…

  • Just fucking shameful…

  • good luck trying to win that case……

  • good luck trying to win that case……

  • so sad…

  • so sad…

  • What happened was horrendous. NO excuse for the cops’ behavior!!!!

  • What happened was horrendous. NO excuse for the cops’ behavior!!!!

  • This officer is ABSOLUTELY liable for this shit.

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