WASHINGTON, Feb 13 � An American police officer, accused of assaulting a 57-year-old Indian man in the US state of Alabama and leaving him partially paralysed, has been arrested and an FBI probe ordered into the incident, even as his family filed a lawsuit seeking adequate compensation, reports PTI.
Larry Muncey, the Madison City Chief of Police while apologising to the victim Sureshbhai Patel, who was wrongfully assaulted by two police officers, without any provocation just because he did not know English and was unable to answer to their questions, informed that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will also be conducting a probe into the matter.
�I sincerely apologise to Mr Patel, Mr Patel�s family and our community. We strive to exceed expectations,� Muncey told reporters at a press conference. �Additionally, FBI would be conducting a parallel inquiry to ascertain if there were any federal violations,� Muncey said after releasing audio and videos related to the incident.
�As a result of the investigations, I found that Mr (Eric) Parkers�s actions did not meet the high standard and expectations of the Madison City Police Department,� he said, adding that he has proposed termination of officer Parker, who has now been arrested for third-degree assault.
Meanwhile, Henry F Sherrod, the attorney for the Patel family, filed a lawsuit in connection with the incident in the northern district court of Alabama yesterday.