Jurors say they can't reach verdict in Alabama officer trial

AP News
Posted: Nov 03, 2015 2:58 PM

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Jurors say they can't reach a verdict in the trial of an Alabama police officer charged with using excessive force against an Indian man, but the judge wants them to try again.

Jurors told the federal judge Tuesday they were unable to agree unanimously in the trial of Madison police officer Eric Parker.

The judge told sent them back to the jury room to continue deliberating.

Jurors got the case Friday.

The judge is trying to avoid a second mistrial for Parker on charges of violating the rights of 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel (suh-REHSH'-by pah-TEL') during an encounter in February. Parker's first trial ended in a hung jury.

Evidence showed that Parker knocked Patel to the ground while investigating a complaint of a suspicious person in February.