UPDATE: There will be no justice for Sureshbhai Patel, the Indian grandfather who was badly beaten by an Alabama cop nearly a year ago.
After the third trial against ex-cop, Eric Sloan Parker, who body slammed Patel onto the sidewalk in front of his son's home — it was determined that the court did not have enough evidence to convict him.
"The government has had two full and fair chances to obtain a conviction," Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala wrote in her decision, according to AL.com. "It will not have another."
The juries from the first two trials ended up deadlocked as they couldn’t agree whether Parker had violated department policy or Patel's civil rights when he threw Patel to the ground in February 2015 during a detainment caught on a dashcam.
The elderly man suffered major injuries and was left partially paralyzed as a result of the incident.
"The result in this case is by no means satisfying," Haikala reportedly wrote. "If Mr. Parker or Mr. Patel could take that time back, both would surely do things differently and avoid the events that have forever changed both of their lives.
"However, that injury, standing alone, does not provide the basis for a criminal judgment against Mr. Parker."
The case is now closed for good, allowing yet another corrupt cop to walk free.
The trial of an Alabama cop, who made headlines earlier this year for roughing up an Indian grandfather, came to a disappointing conclusion when a federal judge declared a mistrial in the case. Apparently, the jury was deadlocked and couldn’t reach a unanimous decision – even though the elderly victim was partially paralyzed in the assault.
Madison police officer Eric Sloan Parker was captured on camera beating up 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel in February. The 26-year-old was charged with violating Patel's civil rights and using excessive force.
Although the deadlocked jury couldn’t decide whether to convict Parker during the first trial, the government of United States is going to try the case again.
“We plan to re-try the case and so another jury will get a chance to see this evidence and hear the testimony,” said prosecutor Robert Posey.
“I think Parker’s attorney was very effective in muddying up waters,” said Hank Sherrod, the attorney representing the Patel family in the civil rights lawsuit. “He made the case about police training and procedures followed by law enforcement, taking attention away from the real issue of abuse of power by the cop.”
Patel had just moved to Alabama few days prior to the assault to help care for his grandson. A 911 call about a suspicious person led two police officers to approach Patel, who had been on a morning stroll through the neighborhood and couldn’t speak English.
The elderly man suffered major injuries and was left partially paralyzed after Parker slammed him to the ground.
“I want the family to keep a low profile. My real fear is their speaking out will cause a distraction in the civil case, which is going forward soon,” Sherrod added.
If convicted, Parker faces up to 10 years in prison.
The attorney was also surprised that the jury couldn’t reach a verdict even after watching the video and listening to Patel’s testimony, delivered through a translator. He told jurors that he recognized men wearing police uniforms shouting from behind him but he couldn’t understand their commands, according to WHNT. He also testified that he didn’t resist.
Police brutality has been on a rise in the country for quite some time now. In fact, atrocities like this have created a rift between the cops and minority communities. Furthermore, the fact that the officers keep on getting away with these acts of violence has made matters even worse.
Let’s just hope Parker's retrial doesn’t come to an unjustified conclusion – like several other similar cases in the past few months.