Excessive Force Trial Underway
In north Alabama, testimony began today in the federal trial of a Madison police officer accused of using excessive force on an elderly man. Eric Parker faces a civil rights violation and is accused of using excessive force during a confrontation with Sureshbhai Patel in February. The confrontation, which happened while Patel was in town from India, visiting his son, was caught on police dash cam video. Prosecutors claim the video shows parker slamming Patel to the ground, partially paralyzing him. Prosecutors in the case only want the jury to see the first two minutes of that video. This afternoon, the injured man took the stand to testify.