Former Madison police officer pleads not guilty in federal court in case of Indian man slammed to ground

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A Madison police officer charged with civil rights violations appeared in federal court in Huntsville Tuesday morning.

Eric Parker pleaded not guilty to Deprivation of Civil Rights, a felony charge, in his arraignment.  He was released on $5,000 nonsecured bond.  Parker and his attorney, Robert Tuten, quickly left the courthouse. Tuten said Parker’s trial date will be June 1st in U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala’s courtroom. Tuten said he believes it will be held in Huntsville.

He has also pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge in Limestone County.  That will be handled in a separate court appearance next month.

These charges are from a February 6 incident between Officer Parker and an Indian grandfather, Sureshbhai Patel.  Video shows Parker slamming Patel to the ground, leaving Patel partially paralyzed.

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