The U.S. Department of Justice charged Eric Parker, the Madison, Al., police officer who threw an Indian citizen to the ground on Feb. 6, with a civil rights violation, reports the Huntsville Times. Parker, 26, also faces trial in Limestone County for misdemeanor assault. Madison Police Chief Larry Muncey has recommended that Parker be fired. He is on administrative leave . Gov. Robert Bentley has written a letter apologizing to Patel and to India.
Parker attorney, Robert Tuten. said he was "a little bit surprised" that Parker was being charged by the U.S. Department of Justice . . .
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