MADISON, Ala. (AP) — Authorities arrested a north Alabama police officer accused of badly injuring an Indian man who was roughed-up while visiting relatives.
The Madison Police Department says officer Eric Parker was charged with assault Thursday. Chief Larry Muncey says Parker will be fired.
The announcement came hours after Sureshbhai Patel filed a federal lawsuit over his treatment.
The 57-year-old man says he was visiting his son's family when he was stopped by police Feb. 6 while walking in a neighborhood.
A video released by police shows an officer throwing the man to the ground. The lawsuit says Patel suffered injuries including partial paralysis.
Patel's attorney says he speaks little English and was accosted because of his dark brown skin.
The police chief says Patel committed no crime, and the FBI is investigating.