- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 16, 2015

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - A court date has been set for an Alabama police officer accused of slamming an Indian man to the ground.

Limestone County District Court records say a status conference in the assault case of 27-year-old Eric Parker is set for Dec. 9, as federal prosecutors plan a retrial on a civil rights charge.

Authorities say Parker slammed 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel (suh-REHSH’-by pah-TEL’) to the ground Feb. 6. During the federal trial in Huntsville, Parker said Patel defied orders and resisted during a suspicious person investigation.

Patel said through an interpreter that he didn’t resist and didn’t understand officers’ orders because he doesn’t speak English. Patel was injured in the takedown.

Parker’s federal case ended in a mistrial after the jury failed multiple times to come to a unanimous decision.

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