Prosecutors Try To Limit Jury’s Access To Dash-Cam Video In Trial Of Officer Eric Parker

Prosecutors want to limit what jurors can see in the upcoming trail of Eric Parker. As seen on dash cam video, Officer Parker violently assaulted an unarmed man who doesn’t speak English, and wasn’t following the officer’s ‘commands’.

The man, 57-year-old Sureshbhai Patel, was in the U.S. visiting his American son, who works in Huntsville, AL. Officer Parker slammed Patel to ground so hard, that he was knocked unconscious, his back was broken, and he was left partially paralyzed.

Sureshbhai Patel and with his son, Chirag, at their home in Alabama.

Sureshbhai Patel and with his son, Chirag, at their home in Alabama.

What is confusing about the request from the Prosecution, is why they are seeking to limit the video and not Officer Parker’s defense team. The video shows parker trying to make Patel stand up and ‘walk it off’, telling him “you’re alright” and “just standup”.  Officer Parker then tries to justify his actions by saying “he kept walking away”.

Eric Parker, a former police officer in Madison, Ala., who is accused of civil rights violations, has had his trial put off until Sept. 1

Eric Parker, a former police officer in Madison, Ala., who is accused of civil rights violations, has had his trial put off until Sept. 1

Obviously, I don’t have a law degree, but, I think it would better serve the prosecution to include the entire video. It would show how incompetent Officer Parker really is and it shows why Officer Parker violently slammed him to the ground – because he didn’t listen to the ‘god-like commands’ of a public servant.

In the end, I think that Officer Parker’s own legal defense team will ensure he’s convicted. They are claiming that the officer did nothing wrong, and that he didn’t ‘intentionally try and hurt the man’.  One of key witnesses for the defense is a martial arts instructor, who will testify for Officer Parker, saying that the ‘take down’ move was justifiable.

I would hope that a jury can see through the BS and recognize that a violent takedown of an elderly, non-English speaking man, was not warranted solely because he couldn’t understand the officer’s commands.

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