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    Alabama Cops ATTACKED and PARALYZED Indian Grandfather by using excessive force

    Indian grandfather injured by Madison police sues over excessive force | AL.com

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    Sureshbhai Patel was visiting from India, staying with his son, Chirag, his wife and child in their Madison home. After being in the States for almost a week, Sureshbhai was walking through the neighborhood, Friday, Feb. 6, 2015, when Madison Police Officers received a call about a "suspicious person" in the neighborhood. They found Sureshbhai, who couldn't speak English, injuring him after forcing him to the ground. Sureshbhai has been in the hospital since, and the Madison Police Department is investigating the force used by officers on the scene.

    The lawyer representing Sureshbhai Patel this morning sued the City of Madison and two individual police officers, arguing the violent stop of the small Indian grandfather violated federal protections against illegal search and seizure.

    "Patel, a 57-year-old citizen of India visiting his son in Madison, Alabama, took a walk in his son's neighborhood, was violently assaulted by Madison Officer Doe without provocation, and left partially paralyzed," reads the suit filed today by attorney Hank Sherrod.

    The two officers are identified as John Doe and Jim Smith, as Madison has not released the names of the officers involved. Both are sued in their individual capacity.Patel, a citizen of India and a permanent resident in the United States, was walking on Friday morning along Hardiman Place Lane, just outside his son's new home in Madison, when a patrol car pulled up. No crime had been committed and no charges would be filed, but the ensuring encounter left Patel hospitalized.

    "Patel is a small man, weighing between 130 and 140 pounds, probably closer to 130, and is narrow of frame and mild of manner. He appeared to be nothing other than the grandfather from India he was," reads the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court by civil rights attorney Hank Sherrod.

    "The officers nevertheless came up to Patel and, despite the absence of any reason to believe Patel was armed or presented any kind of danger or threat, searched Patel for weapons," contends the lawsuit. "After the search, without provocation, (the younger officer) grabbed Patel's left arm, twisted it behind his back, and slammed Patel face first into the ground."

    The suit also claims the encounter violated state protections against assault and excessive force. Madison police have placed the officer on administrative leave pending the outcome of their internal investigation.

    Madison police on Monday released a statement saying that the patrol car had responded to a call about a suspicious man peering into garages. The lawsuit questions whether there was such a call."Whether there actually was a call or whether the caller actually accused Patel of looking into garages cannot be verified because to date the City refuses to release any recordings or reports that exist related to the incident," reads the suit.The lawsuit also contends there was nothing suspicious about Patel's appearance. "Patel dressed for the walk in plain pants, a button shirt, and a sweater and wore a knit cap on his head. Patel had nothing in his pants except for a green patterned handkerchief that was later used by officers to wipe blood from Patel's face."

    The next line in the lawsuit simply states: "Patel has dark brown skin." The police statement said the two officers stopping Patel encountered a "communication barrier."

    Sureshbhai Patel's son, Chirag Patel, came to the United States to study electrical engineering, married and became a U.S. Citizen. Chiriag Patel applied for and received permanent resident status for his father. His father had arrived about a week before the incident in order to help care for the couple's 17-month-old son.However, Sureshbhai Patel does not speak English. He speaks Gujarati.The suit says: "While still walking, Patel told the officers, not necessarily in this order, 'no English,' 'Indian,' 'walking,' and pointed down the street and said 'house number [actual number].'""The officers again ordered Patel to stop, and Patel stopped." Police then got out of the car."Patel continued to attempt to explain the situation to the officers."

    The suit contends the stop at this point was without reasonable suspicion or probable cause and was therefore itself a violation of the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution.The statement from Madison police on Monday said: "The subject began putting his hands in his pockets. Officers attempted to pat the subject down and he attempted to pull away. The subject was forced to the ground, which resulted in injury."

    "Was the call or the false accusation against Patel fabricated by the Madison Police Department to deflect criticism for paralyzing an innocent man?" The suit says: "Patel's face was bloodied, but, much worse, there was significant trauma to Patel's cervical spine, and he immediately became paralyzed in his arms and legs."

    The officer who forced Patel to the ground, contends the lawsuit, violated rights protected by the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments. "Specifically, he violated plaintiff's right to be free from excessive force," reads the suit.

    Patel was taken by ambulance to Madison Hospital. The hospital called his son at work. Patel was transferred to Huntsville Hospital for cervical fusion surgery. Chirag Patel said as of Tuesday his father could move his arms again, but lacked grip in his hands. He could move one leg, but the other remained paralyzed."Patel has begun physical therapy, is making progress, and hopes to make a full recovery, though the rehabilitation process is expected to be lengthy and difficult, and it is not known whether Patel will make a full recovery," reads the suit.

    Sherrod, attorney for Patel, repeatedly questioned the official version of events.

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    Alabama Cop Who Paralyzed Indian Citizen Fired, Arrested / Sputnik International

    VIDEO RELEASED of the attack where the 57 year old "brown skin" old man is violently thrashed on the ground on his face and left paralyzed.

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    Well done Alabama Cops!!! Alabama White Cops made their day checking strength on a old helpless man.

    So few days ago US President OBAMA was preaching "brown" Indians in India about being tolerant and reciting "Gandhi".

    Why is OBAMA silent now when his own house is burning deeply on racism and responsible for so many wars and strife and killings of millions around the world? The Ferguson fire was not even doused and now attack on a old "brown" man.Attacks on Sikhs and their temples is not new anymore since average American doesn't know the difference at all.

    Mr Obama should do some soul searching before preaching others about tolerance and human rights and all those big words.Seems like he is blaberring just anything without thinking.

    If Martin Luthar King was alive he might have put his head in shame to see RACISM still prevalent and his efforts gone in gutter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Batista View Post
    Well done Alabama Cops!!! Alabama White Cops made their day checking strength on a old helpless man.

    So few days ago US President OBAMA was preaching "brown" Indians in India about being tolerant and reciting "Gandhi".

    Why is OBAMA silent now when his own house is burning deeply on racism and responsible for so many wars and strife and killings of millions around the world? The Ferguson fire was not even doused and now attack on a old "brown" man.Attacks on Sikhs and their temples is not new anymore since average American doesn't know the difference at all.

    Mr Obama should do some soul searching before preaching others about tolerance and human rights and all those big words.Seems like he is blaberring just anything without thinking.

    If Martin Luthar King was alive he might have put his head in shame to see RACISM still prevalent and his efforts gone in gutter.

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    Feel better now? You might want to wipe off yoyour keyboard and monitor. God only knows what all those bodily fluids will do to consumer electronics if left unattended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter View Post
    Feel better now? You might want to wipe off yoyour keyboard and monitor. God only knows what all those bodily fluids will do to consumer electronics if left unattended.
    Have any constructive thing to add on the topic?

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    Constructive? Oh I'm sorry did I ruin your Tu Quoque orgasm-fest? Would you like some Kleenex or something?

    You're not looking for "constructive". You're looking for "Oh my God Batista you are SO right about those evil bastard Americans please Sir tell us MORE!!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopHatter View Post
    Constructive? Oh I'm sorry did I ruin your Tu Quoque orgasm-fest? Would you like some Kleenex or something?

    You're not looking for "constructive". You're looking for "Oh my God Batista you are SO right about those evil bastard Americans please Sir tell us MORE!!"
    No, I am not here for "American bashing" otherwise you would see me in all the similar threads running around on racial intolerance specially Ferguson thread.It's you abusing Americans. If anything similar happened in India then hell would break lose and all the International Media would be after it.

    I wanted to put a thread on Obama's stupid comment about "Tolerance and Gandhi" even after he received overwhelming welcome in India but then abstained.He did a very ungrateful and immature thing to bring "Gandhi" into the picture and destroy his own recently elevated reputation.Highly Hypocritical.

    But now when I see that there is so much of intolerance happening to non-whites it's shocking that Obama has so much hot air in him to preach others when the home is burning.These days he is just shooting anything from his mouth.In other thread he gave cover fire to ISIS (about Christians used to do the same what ISIS is doing today in 21st century) which has raised eyebrows.Before Gandhi he needs to remember Martin Luthar King.

    You still haven't commented anything on the topic and not even regret or if that was wrong.

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    Batista, calm down. While you have every reason to be outraged over the actions of one asshatted police officer, do not try to broadbrush all American law enforcement.

    That the civil authorities stepped in and got rid of this clown is the right thing to do.

    You know damn well that you have had excesses in your own country. What the President was saying is it is better for all to follow Ganhi's ways...somethign in light of recent events IN BOTH countries you appear to refuse to acknowledge.

    I am addressing this as a mederator as this thread appears to only be intended to inflame and bait. If you want to have an open and respectful dialogue, continue. If you want to flamebait I will close the thread and you could face possible WAB discipline.

    In other words, check yourself before you wreck yourself.

    This subject DOES deserve a thorough discussion and airing....but this is not the path to take.
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    This indeed was Police excess. And I'm glad the idiot cop was suspended. He needs to spend his life behind bars. What the hell was he thinking in the age of FB & Twitter? Fool.

    I've read a lot in here about Police brutality in US, however, one question for US members, are Police really that brutal in US? What do you guys think? Where is Z

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    Sorry state of affairs, but it does bring up the question if this was just the lone officer abusing his power or is it a police training issue? The Indian man didn't know any English and was probably unable to comply with or understand the police's instructions. What would be the modus operandi in such a situation? As it turned out, not knowing the local language / culture turned out to be disastrous for the man.

    Someone thought he was suspicious enough to call the police just because he was looking into garages?

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    Two asshatted officers, not one. The one that didn't stop his partner from roid-raging on the little guy is just as much to blame, and deserves just as much jail time as the actual assailant.

    Are cops in the US that brutal, you ask Oracle? The answer is sadly, in my opinion, yes.

    Too many cops have allowed themselves to be turned into bullies who feel they have nothing to fear. Even if they get caught, the department and union will back them. The fact that these two are facing charges as individuals is a good sign.

    Even worse are the cops who tolerate this behavior.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tuna View Post
    Two asshatted officers, not one. The one that didn't stop his partner from roid-raging on the little guy is just as much to blame, and deserves just as much jail time as the actual assailant.

    Are cops in the US that brutal, you ask Oracle? The answer is sadly, in my opinion, yes.

    Too many cops have allowed themselves to be turned into bullies who feel they have nothing to fear. Even if they get caught, the department and union will back them. The fact that these two are facing charges as individuals is a good sign.

    Even worse are the cops who tolerate this behavior.
    Okay, so 2 of them are facing charges. Good. How does the department back them when there are cameras in Police vehicles recording stuff that happens? And Police have unions? What unions? I thought only communists have unions.

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    those cops are truly brain-dead. they know the person doesn't speak English, but continues to warn the person in English, commit bodily harm in a takedown of a old man, and then states "“I don’t know what his problem is, but he won’t listen,”.

    they should all be thrown in prison. and the neighbor who called the police on him is a freaking racist paranoid.

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    The department also released portions of audio and video pertaining to the incident. In a non-emergency call to police, a neighbor described Patel as a “skinny black guy” and said that he’d “never seen him before” in the neighborhood. Patel, he said, was “just wandering around” and “walking close to the garage.” The caller added that he was following Patel at a distance. When asked to estimate his age, the caller guessed Patel was in his 30′s.

    The neighbor also told the police dispatcher he was “nervous” leaving his wife because of Patel’s presence in the neighborhood.

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    Two videos of the incident later released by Madison police include both audio of the officers involved, and visuals of the exchange. In one video, a pair of officers approach Patel and ask him where he’s headed, what his address is, and request to see his ID. One officer says, “he’s saying ‘no English.’ ” The second officer continues to ask Patel questions, including “are you looking at houses and stuff?”

    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.

    One of the two police videos shows the officer holding Patel forcefully, pushing him to the ground. Patel, on the ground, is then told to “chill out” by one of the officers. The officer tells a third, approaching officer that Patel doesn’t “speak a lick of English,” and that they were trying to pat him down. “I don’t know what his problem is, but he won’t listen,” one of the officers adds.

    Patel remains on the ground as the officers call for medical assistance.

    “Stand up, let’s go,” one officer says. “You’re all right.” For several minutes, the officers repeatedly attempt to get Patel off the ground and into a patrol car.

    One officer asks, “He OK?”
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    Well, crimes would forever go on, and some racists would always be there. Shit happens, and I don't think brushing all Americans as racists is a nice thing to do. Every country has it's share of bad apples. Just a week or so ago a Japanese tourist was raped in India. If someone says all Indians are rapists, I would punch him on his face.

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