Man of India visiting his son in the United States left paralyzed by police after beatingBy Mason White 4:00 PM February 12, 2015
By: Mahesh Sarin
(Scroll down for video) A man who came to visit his son in the United States, was left paralyzed by police in Alabama.
The Madison Police Department is investigating the force used by their officers on Friday night, during an incident in which the grandfather of India, was severely injured.
Officers were called to the 100 block of Hardiman Place Lane, on a complaint of a “suspicious person” who was looking into the garages of several houses, the Madison Police Department said.
When officers approached the man, they found that Sureshbhai Patel, 57, did not speak English.
When officers tried to search him for weapons, he pulled away. An officer responded by throwing him to the ground, severely injuring his back, which left him paralyzed.
Authorities said that Patel came from India, to visit son Chirag, his daughter-in-law and his 17-month-old grandson, who live in the area.
Patel was taken to a hospital to treat his injuries. He remains paralyzed. Doctors believe that he will eventually recover. “It will be a long road to recovery,” doctors told Chirag.
“The use of force involved in this incident has been referred to the Office of Professional Standards for investigation. The officer involved has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete,” the Madison Police Department said.