HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Opening statements are near in the trial of an Alabama police officer accused of manhandling an Indian grandfather earlier this year.
U.S. District Judge Madeline Haikala told 50 potential jurors to return to court Wednesday morning in Huntsville for final jury selection.
Opening statements could begin soon after.
Madison police officer Eric Parker is charged with violating the civil rights of 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel (suh-RESH'-beye pah-TEL'). Parker says he's innocent.
Patel was walking in his son's suburban neighborhood when police received a call about a supposed "skinny black guy" in the area.
A police video shows an officer struggling to communicate with Patel because of language differences. Patel is then thrown down face-first and partially paralyzed.
Alabama's governor has apologized to the government of India for Patel's treatment.