MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The Indian grandfather hospitalized following an incident with Madison police has filed a civil rights lawsuit against the Madison Police Department.
The lawsuit, filed by Sureshbhai Patel, names two unidentified Madison police officers. The lawsuit accuses the officers of illegal seizure, unlawful search, excessive force, and false imprisonment. The filing says Patel was violently assaulted by one of the officers.
According to the lawsuit, Patel took his normal walk route on Hardiman Place Lane. The lawsuit states he was wearing plain pants, a button down shirt, sweater, and knit cap.
Madison police say they received a call about a suspicious man looking in garages. Both parties agree the officers approached Patel and asked him to stop. The lawsuit states Patel told the officers "no English", "Indian", "walking".
Patel says one of the officers grabbed his arm, twisted it behind his back, and slammed his face into the ground.
The lawsuit says this caused significant damage to Patel's spine, and that he became immediately paralyzed. He has since regained arm movement and some use of his right leg.
The lawsuit questions whether anyone in the neighborhood called police. It states the City of Madison will not release any recordings or reports related to the incident. The lawsuit also states that Madison Police have both video and audio of the confrontation, but will not release the recordings.
Patel says he arrived in the U.S. days before the encounter to help his son and daughter-in-law care for their 17-month-old son.
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