A Madison, Alabama police officer has been charged with the third-degree assault of Sureshbhai Patel, a 57-year-old Indian man who remains partially paralyzed after police slammed him to the ground last week, even though no crime had been committed at the time.
Of course it’s Alabama. My first two guesses would have been Florida and Georgia. If there had been livestock involved, I would have guessed Kentucky.
So if you haven’t been following this story, a caller phoned 911 and reported a “skinny black guy” walking down the street and looking into garages. Police responded and found an elderly Indian man quietly walking down the street.
They confronted him, and when he didn’t respond properly, one of the officers slammed him face down into the ground. When you watch the video, the poor guy looks like someone’s grandfather, which as it turns out, he is.
He had arrived recently from India to help out his son who lives in the neighborhood. He was there to take care of his grandson. Unfortunately, he didn’t speak English, which violates all the laws of state and god if you live in Alabama.
So why then did the officer slam the man to the ground with such violence? There was absolutely no need for it. This was not a dangerous man- he looks like he weighs all of 100 pounds. And there’s two big cops there with him.
Obviously, this particular officer has a screw loose.
His superiors acted swiftly by firing him, and then a few days later arresting him for assault. The fact that they fired him so quickly, which is difficult when someone belongs to a union, makes me think he had been written up, warned, or already on some type of double-secret probation, because normally you can’t fire someone that fast. The FBI is also looking into the incident.
The old man has recovered slightly, but is still partially paralyzed. His family is suing the police department and the state of Alabama.
So what about the coward that made the 911 call? Personally, I think this person should be tossed in jail for being an asshole.
The police should go to his house, open his security gate, get past his dogs, enter through the front door with the 10 bolts on it, and proceed into the locked bedroom where this idiot is probably cowering under the sheets still terrified by Kanye West’s most recent television appearance. They should drag him kicking and screaming down to the hospital to see firsthand what he caused.
This “concerned citizen” called 911 and reported a suspicious black man walking up and down the street. He told 911 operators that he was on his way to work, and was afraid to leave his wife alone with this man walking around outside. He couldn’t stay home for a few minutes longer? I think his boss would have understood the situation. I guess he had his priorities.
Did he overreact? I mean, I can understand a suspicious van parked on the street, or several men walking up and down the street peering into windows, but an old man hobbling down the street? This guy was so frail a stiff wind could have knocked him down.
Ironically, after the old man was slammed to the ground, one of the officers remarks, “He don’t speak a lick of English.”, which kind of says it all for me.
I’m sure the Madison papers will soon a run a headline that reads: Brave Homeowner Saves Wife; Repels Indian Invasion.