NRI paralysed by police brutality in US

Sureshbhai Patel, a senior citizen, who had gone to Huntsville, near Madison, Alabama State to visit and help his son and daughter-in-law with their 17-month son who was premature and developmentally delayed, went out for a walk in his new neighbourhood when he was stopped by two police officers who said they were responding to a 'suspicious person' call. When the officers began to question him Patel said "no English" and "India" and he tried to point to his son's house and repeated the house number. Unable to communicate with Patel the officers patted him down before they claimed the man put his hands in his pockets so they slammed him to the ground. The attack left Patel bleeding, paralyzed and in need of surgery to fuse two vertebrae. He remains hospitalized. His lawyer Henry F Sherrod, a civil rights attorney said he thinks Patel was attacked because he looked brown and the two police officers involved were white. Only one of the two was responsible for the injuries. Madison police later issued a statement saying that the officer responsible for Patel's injuries has been suspended and they are investigating his use of force. The family has decided to file a suit for damages, including Patel's medical bills. Patel has regained movement in his arms and his left leg, but his right leg remains paralyzed. Sherrod criticised the incident as evidence that use of force by police is an issue that extends beyond people who are poor or African-American.