Sureshbhai Patel, a 57-year-old Indian citizen visiting his son in Madison, Alabama, was left paralyzed after Officer Eric Parker threw him to the ground during questioning. The incident, which took place on February 6, 2015, began when Parker reported to the scene after reports of a suspicious man wandering the neighborhood and looking into garages. Parker reportedly attempted to question Patel which was futile, as he spoke little English. According to reports, when Officer Parker attempted to frisk Patel he pulled away. Parker responded by slamming Patel to the ground and subsequently fracturing two vertebrae leaving him partially paralyzed.
Eric Parker was fired from the Madison police department and is currently facing federal charges in addition to a lawsuit by the Patel Family.