- Associated Press - Thursday, April 14, 2016

MADISON, Ala. (AP) - A north Alabama police chief is taking a leave of absence during federal hearings on contempt of court allegations in the case of a former officer accused of using excessive force.

Multiple media outlets reported Thursday that Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey is out on leave during the hearings in U.S. District Court.

Muncey and Capt. Terrell Cook were accused of questioning colleagues of officer Eric Parker about their testimonies in the first of his two federal trials.

Parker was recorded slamming 58-year-old Sureshbhai Patel to the ground. His trials ended in hung juries.

Cook was acquitted Tuesday. Muncey is expected back in court Friday. His attorney has denied any wrongdoing.

Major Jim Cook is leading the department and tells WAAY-TV (https://bit.ly/1T6Ws9W ) Muncey is expected to resume duties after the case is resolved.

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