The case of the white police officer, who frisked and threw an Indian grandfather to the ground, leaving him paralyzed, has now been thrown out of the window.
Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala dismissed the case this week saying, “the government has had two full and fair chances to obtain a conviction; it will not have another.”
57-year-old Sureshbahi Patel was walking on the sidewalk outside his son’s house in Alabama on Feb. 6, 2015, when Eric Sloan Parker mistreated him for absolutely no reason.
A neighbor called police and said they saw someone “suspicious” walking around the area. They described Patel as a “skinny black guy walking around close to the garage.”
When the officer approached him, Patel said “no English,” giving out his address, but was still manhandled.
The family promptly filed a lawsuit against the police officer and two trials were held for the case. Upsettingly, though, even the legal proceedings weren’t free of racial profiling. For example, during the first trial, while the 10 white jurors said the cop was innocent, two black jurors thought he was guilty.
Later, during in the second trial, defense attorney Robert Tuten kicked off proceedings stating, “When you come to the U.S., we expect you to follow our laws and speak our language," a statement (rightly) criticized for having racist undertones.
Although, federal prosecutors were expecting and getting ready for a third trial, there won’t be one anymore since Judge Haikala has dismissed the case.
The fact that stares us in the face is that while the Alabama officer got away scot-free and can continue with his job and life like nothing happened, Patel remains unable to walk or even grip things with his hands.
Numerous cases of police brutality against people of color have come into the limelight in recent times, and there has to be a stop to this. One’s religion, race, or skin color cannot be held as a determinant of whether or not they are terrorists.
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