Prosecution rests in retrial of Alabama police officer

AP News
Posted: Oct 29, 2015 7:48 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The prosecution has rested in the trial of an Alabama police officer charged with using excessive force on a man from India.

Madison police officer Eric Parker is charged with using excessive force against 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel (suh-REHSH'-by pah-TEL') during an encounter in a suburban neighborhood near Huntsville in February.

WHNT-TV reports ( ) that Kenny Sanders, a Louisiana law enforcement training official, testified that he thought Parker's conduct "was not consistent with prevailing police standards." The report said Sanders also was critical in his testimony about the amount of force used by Parker.

Parker's attorney Robert Tuten questioned Sanders' expertise of Alabama training standards.

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Patel has said through an interpreter that he can't speak English and didn't understand officers who questioned him during a suspicious person investigation.

The defense has said Patel is to blame because he didn't comply with Parker's instructions.

Parker's first trial ended in a hung jury last month.