Officer involved in paralyzed grandfather case enters not-guilty plea

MADISON, AL (WAFF) - The Madison officer who was involved in a use of force case that left an Indian grandfather partially paralyzed entered a not guilty plea and waived his arraignment Tuesday.

Eric Parker's bench trial is set for April 29.

Parker was arrested for assault following a news conference on Thursday where a 911 call of the incident was released as well as dash cam video.

The video shows Parker throwing Sureshbhai Patel to the ground.

The Madison City Police Chief responded and said Parker's actions did not meet the "high standards" of the department.

Support has been pouring in for Patel and many have responded to the situation, including the Indian government.

Tuesday, Governor Robert Bentley issued an open letter which states he is engaging the state's law enforcement agency to open its own investigation parallel to that of the FBI.

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