- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The latest in the trial of an Alabama police officer accused of violating the civil rights of an Indian man in February. All times are local.

4:50 p.m.

Jurors hearing the federal trial of an Alabama police officer who slammed an Indian grandfather to the ground have deadlocked, but will continue deliberating after a night’s rest.

The jury has been asked to return to continue deliberations Friday morning in the trial of Madison police officer Eric Parker.

Parker is charged with violating the civil rights of 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel (suh-REHSH’-by pah-TEL’) during a suspicious person investigation in February.

Parker said Patel resisted and Patel denied that through an interpreter, saying he didn’t understand Parker because he doesn’t speak English. Patel was seriously injured when he was slammed down.

U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala asked the panel to return in the morning and re-evaluate evidence and testimony in the case.

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11 a.m.

Jurors are deliberating in the trial of an Alabama police officer accused of using excessive force when he slammed an Indian man to the ground.

On Thursday morning, a juror was dismissed because of issues with travel plans. An alternate was appointed. Jurors were asked to restart deliberations, which began Wednesday night, so that the alternate could be part of them.

The jurors are examining the case of Madison police officer Eric Parker. The trial began with opening statements Sept. 2. Parker has said 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel (suh-REHSH’-by pah-TEL’) was stopped during a suspicious person call and was taken to the ground after resisting officers. Patel denied resisting and said through an interpreter that he didn’t understand officers’ orders because he doesn’t speak English.

Defense attorney Robert Tuten calls the encounter an unfortunate escalation of police tactics. Parker is charged with violating Patel’s civil rights.

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3:30 a.m.

Jurors are set for deliberations in the trial of an Alabama police officer accused of using excessive force against and Indian man.

Madison police officer Eric Parker has said he took 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel (suh-REHSH’-by pah-TEL’) to the ground after he resisted officers during a suspicious person investigation. The jury has been given the case and is expected to continue deliberating Thursday morning.

Patel has denied resisting and said through an interpreter that he didn’t understand officers’ orders because he doesn’t speak English.

Prosecutors have argued that Parker violated Patel’s civil rights by using excessive force when he took the man down.

Parker has denied using a leg sweep to take Patel down and said he slipped and fell. However, Parker acknowledged using a similar takedown maneuver in the past.

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