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Judge Throws Out Case Against Alabama Cop Who Paralyzed Indian Man

The case against an Alabama officer accused of using excessive force while arresting a 57-year-old Indian man was dismissed on Wednesday by a federal judge.

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A civil rights case against an Alabama police officer accused of using excessive force on a 57-year-old Indian man was dismissed Wednesday by a federal judge.

After two previous cases ended in mistrials, U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala on Wednesday accepted a motion to acquit police officer Eric Parker, the Associated Press reported.

On Feb. 6, 2015, the Madison police officer slammed Sureshbhai Patel against the ground after someone called 911 saying a "suspicious person" was walking around the neighborhood.

Patel was visiting his son and newborn grandson – it was his second time in the U.S. and he spoke only limited English.

The incident, which left Patel with partial paralysis, was caught on video by police dashcam.

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Parker was charged on Feb. 13 with a felony for allegedly violating the civil rights of Patel. Two previous criminal trials ended with a hung jury after jurors were unable to agree on whether Parker was justified when he arrested Patel.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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