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Former police officer accused of injuring Indian man in confrontation in Alabama due in court

Former Alabama police officer Eric Sloan Parker is seen in an undated photo provided by the Limestone County, Ala., Sheriff’s Office. Alabama media outlets report that Parker, accused of violating the rights of an Indian man during a violent confrontation, entered a plea of not guilty during a brief appearance in federal court in Huntsville on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The 26-year-old Parker is accused of using unreasonable force against 57-year-old Indian grandfather Sureshbhai Patel in February. (Limestone County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

Former Alabama police officer Eric Sloan Parker is seen in an undated photo provided by the Limestone County, Ala., Sheriff’s Office. Alabama media outlets report that Parker, accused of violating the rights of an Indian man during a violent confrontation, entered a plea of not guilty during a brief appearance in federal court in Huntsville on Tuesday, April 21, 2015. The 26-year-old Parker is accused of using unreasonable force against 57-year-old Indian grandfather Sureshbhai Patel in February. (Limestone County Sheriff’s Office via AP)  (The Associated Press)

A former Alabama police officer is due in court on charges of violating the rights of an Indian man during a violent confrontation.

Federal court records show 26-year-old Eric Sloan Parker is set for an arraignment hearing before a federal magistrate in Huntsville on Tuesday.

A defense lawyer says Parker will plead not guilty. Such hearings are typically brief.

Parker is accused of using unreasonable force against 57-year-old Indian grandfather Sureshbhai Patel in February.

Patel was walking in suburban Madison where he was visiting his family when a resident called police about a suspicious man.

Police video captured images of an officer slamming Patel to the ground face-fist. He's still recovering from injuries.

Parker also faces a state assault charge. A hearing in that case is set for May 13.