A judge in the United States has ruled a second mistrial in the case of an Alabama police officer whose actions left a 58-year-old Indian grandfather with serious injuries, after a jury failed to reach a verdict.
Officer Eric Parker, 27, was retried on accusations that he used unreasonable force while working as a Madison, Alabama, police officer.
During his first trial in September, another jury in Huntsville, Alabama, also deadlocked, resulting in the first mistrial.
Parker faced up to 10 years in prison on a single charge of depriving the Indian grandfather of his civil rights in a case that drew international attention.
Sureshbhai Patel, who testified in both trials, suffered serious injuries during the February incident that was captured on videotape.
Parker may now have to face a third trial.
“His life’s been on hold for the last nine months while we’ve been trying to clear this up and it’s obviously still not resolved,” his attorney Robert Tuten said.
At the time of the incident, Mr Patel had been visiting his son Chirag Patel.
He was out for a walk on the morning of 6 February when he was stopped by two police officers responding to a call about a “suspicious person”.
Mr Patel is said to have tried to tell the officers that he could not speak English and pointed to his son’s house nearby.
In a bid to restrain him, Mr Patel is handcuffed and then slammed to the ground. As he is then pulled back to his feet, Mr Patel struggles to stand.
The incident left him bleeding from the face, temporarily paralyzed and in need of surgery.
Madison police released video of the incident recorded from inside a patrol vehicle and apologised for Parker’s actions.
“I feel strongly about the case,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Posey.
“It’s something that we’re going to discuss with other people, get other people’s views, but this has not changed my belief that this is a strong case that needed to be brought, and it would be nice to get a resolution.”
The police department has recommended that Parker be terminated, but he has challenged that recommendation and the proceedings are on hold until his federal case is resolved, Tuten said.