Madison officer’s federal civil rights violation trial rescheduled to Sept.


Eric Parker, Madison police officer recommended for termination after the incident involving
Sureshbhai Patel on Feb. 6 (Photo: Limestone County Sheriff’s Office)

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The federal trial for a Madison officer accused of violating an individual’s civil rights has been postponed at the request of attorneys.

The civil rights violation charge is from a Feb. 6 incident between Madison Police Officer Eric Parker and an Indian man, Sureshbhai Patel. Video shows Parker slamming Patel to the ground, leaving Patel partially paralyzed.

Parker’s jury trial, previously set for June 15, has been rescheduled until Sept. 1 in U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala’s courtroom. His pretrial conference set for June 2 was cancelled, also.

Parker pleaded not guilty to Deprivation of Civil Rights, a felony charge, in his arraignment in April.

WHNT News 19 will be at Parker’s trial to bring you the latest information on this case.

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