HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Jurors hearing the federal trial of an Alabama police officer who slammed an Indian grandfather to the ground have deadlocked, but will continue deliberating after a night's rest.
The jury has been asked to return to continue deliberations Friday morning in the trial of Madison police officer Eric Parker.
Parker is charged with violating the civil rights of 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel (suh-REHSH'-by pah-TEL') during a suspicious person investigation in February.
Parker said Patel resisted and Patel denied that through an interpreter, saying he didn't understand Parker because he doesn't speak English. Patel was seriously injured when he was slammed down.
U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala asked the panel to return in the morning and re-evaluate evidence and testimony in the case.