Madison police officer returns to job following civil rights violation trial

Madison police officer returns to job following civil rights violation trial

MADISON, AL (WAFF) - Madison police officer Eric Parker is back on the job following a civil rights violation trial. 

Dash cam from 2015 video showed Parker use force to take down Sureshbhai Patel, an Indian man in his late 50s. 

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Parker was acquitted following two federal trials. State misdemeanor charges were later dropped by the Attorney General.

Today Major Jim Cooke, the acting Madison police chief, revealed that Parker will return to the department following a long-term administrative leave.

Court documents state gaps in the evidence and the conflicting nature of the trial testimony proved insurmountable to the government's ability to obtain 12 guilty votes in the two trials. 

Acting Madison police chief Major Jim Cooke says Parker will be assigned to a Madison Police training unit until he completes his required re-certifications. He will receive a duty assignment pending completion of training.

Lee Castleberry, who lives on Hardiman Place Lane where the incident took place, spoke about Parker's reinstatement.

"Obviously he went through some kind of punishment for it or some sort of rehab for it, and maybe if it was long enough and that sort of thing and maybe he learned to be a better judge, and so I'm okay with that," he said.

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