This Article is From Apr 21, 2015

Former US Cop, Who Manhandled Indian Grandfather, Pleads Not Guilty

Former US Cop, Who Manhandled Indian Grandfather, Pleads Not Guilty

File Photo: Sureshbhai Patel, 57, has been left partially paralysed after a police officer allegedly forced him on ground in Alabama without any provocation.

Washington: A former US police officer, accused of using excessive force against a 57-year-old Indian, Sureshbhai Patel, leaving him partially paralysed, today pleaded not guilty to charges of civil rights abuse.

Eric Parker, 26, appeared before US Magistrate Harwell Davis along with his attorney Robert Tuten.

Mr Tuten told the court Parker was pleading not guilty to the charge.

Parker was charged by the FBI last month with felony civil rights abuse for slamming Mr Patel to the ground - an incident caught on another officer's dashboard camera.

That charge carries up to 10 years in prison.

After today's hearing, Magistrate Davis ordered a $5,000 bond for Parker, who was quickly processed and left the federal courthouse in Huntsville without addressing the media gathered outside, Alabama Local reported.

Along with assault charges, Parker is facing a federal charge of "deprivation of rights under color of law," which US Attorney Joyce White Vance said includes the right to be free from "unreasonable force."

Hearing for this case is scheduled for May 13.

Parker's February 6 daytime encounter with Mr Patel on a residential street in Madison drew international headlines and an apology from Governor Robert Bentley.

Mr Patel is still recovering from injuries.