New details are emerging in the case of an apparent use of excessive force by police in Madison, Alabama. We shared some details of the incident earlier, which resulted in 57-year-old Sureshbhai Patel hospitalized and temporarily paralyzed after an encounter with police. The officer involved has reportedly turned himself in to face charges of assault in the third degree.
Madison police have released dashboard video of the incident:
According to The Washington Post,
Sureshbhai Patel said he tried to tell the officers that he doesn’t speak English by saying “No English. Indian. Walking,” according to the lawsuit. He says he repeated his son’s house number and pointed toward the residence.
In the police video, an officer then tells Patel, “Do not jerk away from me again. If you do, I’m gonna put you on the ground.” The officer asks, “Do you understand?” and tells Patel to “relax.”
That’s when an officer twisted his arm behind his back, Patel said, and forced him to the ground, face-first. His face was bloodied, but worse, he also injured his neck and was left paralyzed in his arms and legs, the lawsuit alleges.
Reports are also now saying that Mr. Patel is partially paralyzed, and are no longer claiming that the paralysis is “temporary.”