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Ex-US officer accused of injuring Indian man due in court

Former US police officer accused of injuring Indian man in confrontation due in court

Ex-US officer accused of injuring Indian man due in court

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (AP) -- A former Alabama police officer is due in court on charges of violating the rights of an Indian man during a violent confrontation.

Federal court records show 26-year-old Eric Sloan Parker is set for an arraignment hearing before a federal magistrate Tuesday.

A defense lawyer says Parker will plead not guilty. Such hearings are typically brief.

Parker is accused of using unreasonable force against 57-year-old Indian grandfather Sureshbhai Patel in February.

Patel was walking in a suburban neighborhood where he was visiting his family when a resident called police about a suspicious man.

Police video captured images of an officer slamming Patel to the ground face-fist. He's still recovering from injuries.

Parker also faces a state assault charge. A hearing in that case is set for May 13.


Updated : 2021-09-23 15:21 GMT+08:00