Trial of Alabama Police Officer Continues
The trial of Madison police officer Eric Parker continued this morning in Huntsville. Parker is accused of using excessive force by slamming 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel to the ground in February, saying the Indian man defied orders and reached for his pockets. Patel said through an interpreter that he doesn't understand English, didn't understand the officer's orders and never reached for his pockets. Prosecutors called their final witnesses Thursday and Parker's defense attorney Robert Tuten has said he plans on having Parker take the stand. Two Madison police officials have said they considered Patel's takedown unnecessary and he wasn't a threat. Tuten has said the stop and takedown were appropriate considering the circumstances.