Madison Police investigating incident where officer used force on man in neighborhood, hurting him

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Madison Police say one of their officers is on administrative leave while the department investigates actions he took against a man who was apparently walking around a neighborhood last week.

On Friday, February 6, an officer responded to the 100 block of Hardiman Place Lane after someone called to report a suspicious person.  The caller said a man was walking on driveways and looking in garages.  The caller lives in the neighborhood but didn’t recognize the man.

Police arrived and found the person the caller described, and tried to talk with him.  The man didn’t speak English, though, and he began putting his hands in his pockets, investigators said.  Officers tried to pat the subject down and he tried to pull away.  Investigators say at that point, the man was forced to the ground and was hurt.  He was taken to Madison Hospital’s Emergency Department by ambulance.

Police later determined the man is Sureshbhai Patel, who is from India.  He is staying with his family in the area.

“The Madison Police Department takes all use of force incidents seriously and reviews them as a matter of policy,” police said.  “The use of force involved in this incident has been referred to the Office of Professional Standards for investigation. The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.”

Madison Police say they wish Mr. Patel a full recovery.

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