ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors are looking to drop state charges against a north Alabama police officer accused of assaulting an Indian man during a suspicious person investigation.
Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange filed a motion Thursday to dismiss the case against Eric Parker in Limestone County Circuit Court.
Parker was recorded slamming 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel (suh-REHSH'-by pah-TEL') to the ground in February 2015. Patel was out for a walk when he was approached by police.
Parker has said Patel resisted him. Patel has said through an interpreter that he doesn't speak English and didn't understand Parker's orders.
Two federal civil rights trials against Parker ended in hung juries before he was acquitted.
Strange said in a statement that there isn't sufficient evidence for the state to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt.