MADISON, Alabama (AP) — A police officer has been charged with assault and will be fired after authorities say he badly injured an Indian man whom he stopped to question as the man was walking through his son’s neighborhood. The man has filed a lawsuit, and the FBI has opened an investigation.
The lawsuit filed by Sureshbhai Patel on Thursday claims that his injuries include partial paralysis. His son said his father had to undergo surgery to fuse two vertebrae in his spine. Hours after the suit was filed, Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey announced that Officer Eric Parker would be fired.
Last Friday, Parker responded to the neighborhood in response to a call about a suspicious person walking onto driveways and looking into garages, department officials said in a statement.
Parker and other officers stopped Patel, 57, and tried talking to him but he spoke little English, authorities said.