US & Canada

Ex-Alabama officer charged for assualting Indian man

Federal officials have charged a former Alabama police officer with violating the civil rights of an Indian man.

Prosecutors say Eric Sloan Parker, 26, used unreasonable force against Sureshbhai Patel, a 57-year-old grandfather who was visiting family in the US.

Mr Patel suffered injuries in February including partial paralysis when Mr Parker pushed him to the ground.

Mr Parker, who maintains his innocence, also faces state assault charges.