Defense in Alabama officer’s trial says takedown justified
Huntsville, Ala. — Defense witnesses say an Alabama police officer did nothing wrong when he threw down an Indian man who was badly injured in the confrontation.
An attorney for Madison police officer Eric Parker is presenting evidence about his takedown of 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel.
One of Parker’s supervisors, Sgt. Mark Bray, testified Thursday that a police video doesn’t show Parker doing anything outside of department policy.
And karate teacher Johnny Lee Smith says Patel’s actions could have seemed like resistance to Parker.
Prosecutors say Parker used excessive force and violated Patel’s civil rights by knocking him down in a neighborhood near suburban Huntsville in February. Officers were investigating a report of a suspicious person at the time.
This is Parker’s second trial. His first one ended in a hung jury.
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