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Assault case dismissed against Madison police officer Eric Parker

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Former Alabama police officer Eric Parker will stand trial on misdemeanor charges for his alleged take-down of Sureshbhai Patel, a visitor from India who was walking around his son’s neighborhood. Parker also faces a civil suit brought about by Patel’s Indian American family.

Former Alabama police officer Eric Parker will stand trial on misdemeanor charges for his alleged take-down of Sureshbhai Patel, a visitor from India who was walking around his son’s neighborhood. Parker also faces a civil suit brought about by Patel’s Indian American family.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Diya TV) — A judge has dismissed state charges against Madison police officer Eric Parker, who was accused of assaulting an Indian man while conducting an investigation in February of last year.

Limestone County District Judge Douglas Patterson dismissed the case against Parker on Thursday afternoon, after Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange filed a motion to dismiss the case, saying there wasn’t sufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Parker was recorded by a patrol car’s dashcam during the incident which showed him slamming Sureshbhai Patel, 58, to the ground. Patel had been out for a stroll in his son’s neighborhood, and was visiting from India to witness the birth of his first grandchild. He was approached by police after a neighbor had called to reported a think black man walking around, peering into houses.

Parker’s defense has been that Patel resisted his orders, despite Patel’s claims he made the officer aware he spoke no English and didn’t understand the orders he was receiving. Patel was seriously injured during the ordeal, and was required to spend a significant amount of time at the hospital recovering from the wounds.

Two federal civil rights trials held against Parker ended in hung juries before he was ultimately acquitted. His police chief, Larry Muncey, was found in contempt of court for talking to Parker’s colleagues about their testimonies in his first trial.

Patel’s attorney, Hank Sherrod, called the state’s motion to dismiss the case against Parker an example of Alabama’s Attorney General failing to do his job.

“Instead of doing what lawyers do and using the transcripts from the failed federal criminal prosecution to craft a winning strategy to get justice for Mr. Patel, the Alabama Attorney General and the lawyers under his supervision have used those transcripts as an excuse not to do their job,” Sherrod said in a statement.

“This decision illustrates how difficult it is to hold law enforcement officers accountable under the criminal laws for brutal acts that would send an ordinary citizen to jail.”

The 27-year-old Parker still faces a federal civil trial, but his attorney described his and his client’s relief that the criminal charges have been put behind them.

“This would have been the same case yet again just in different venue. It is time to admit that enough is enough and move on,” Tuten said in a statement.

“We all feel sorry for Mr. Patel and hate that he was injured. Parker was just a young inexperienced officer trying to do an impossible job the best he could.”

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Rev. Jesse Jackson pushes for India COVID relief

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The Reverend Jesse Jackson is standing in solidarity with Indian Americans in California who are rallying the community to send more Covid-19 relief to India.  Reverend Jackson is also voicing solidarity for other communities of color as African Americans celebrate Juneteenth, the new Federal holiday marking the end of slavery in the U.S.

And Satya Nadella is now even more powerful at Microsoft. The tech giant’s CEO was named chairman of the board elevating his current role atop one of the world’s most valuable companies. The Indian American has served as chief executive since 2014, has helped transform the PC maker into a leader in cloud computing in recent years, resulting in  a market cap of close to $2 trillion.

Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has given away another massive chunk of her fortune. This time nearly 3  billion dollars to a variety of charities. Several Indian organizations like Goonj, Antara Foundation, and GiveIndia have also benefited from this generosity.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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US – India trade hits record $9 billion

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — For the second month in a row, the U.S.-India bilateral goods trade crossed $9 billion dollars.  It had never happened once before that. This is a comprehensive document covering trade in goods and services, and shows India and the U.S. remain strong strategic partners.

the U.S. Senate confirmed Radhika Fox as the first Indian American and woman of color to lead the office of water at the Environmental Protection Agency. Her supporters say she will focus on making sure everyone’s point of view is heard and taken into account.

And British Pakistani rapper Frenzo Harami is being criticized for his anti Hindu post on Instagram. Harami uses vulgar language to describe Hindu minorities living in Kashmir. He apparently went on this tirade after claiming youtube banned one of his videos.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India’s COVID rate drops dramatically

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India’ s Covid-19 infection rates are starting to consistently drop each day.  The ministry of health reported a little more than 60,000 cases in the past 24 hours. That’s a dramatic decrease from the peak of more than 400,000 cases in one day just a few months ago. 

India has also decided to partially open the Taj Mahal to visitors. And as restrictions ease, several shops, malls, and restaurants have started to reopen in multiple cities this week. but Authorities continue to advise mask wearing and social distancing.

Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a dinner party for a bipartisan group of female senators at her official Washington, DC residence. 16 Democrats and eight Republicans. Vice President Harris is doing this against the backdrop of intense negotiations over President Biden’s agenda in Congress and a border crisis raging on her watch.

And one of the fiercest critics of Big Tech companies like Apple and Amazon is now leading the Federal Trade Commission.  Lina Khan will be tasked with voting on enforcement matters in areas of both competition and consumer protection. the 32 year old South Asian will be the youngest person to ever lead the agency.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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