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Sureshbhai Patel amends lawsuit against Eric Parker and City of Madison

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MADISON, Ala. (Diya TV) — The family of Sureshbhai Patel, an elderly man who was brutally slammed to the ground by police during a visit to the U.S. to see his family, filed an amended complaint in federal court last week.

The revised complaint was filed in direct response to a renowned motion filed in June by Madison, Ala. city attorneys requesting the Patel’s lawsuit be dismissed. Their lawsuit alleges that the 58-year-old Patel’s constitutional rights were violated when officer Eric Parker, who was responding to a report of a suspicious man, stopped Patel on the street, searched him for weapons, and allegedly slammed him to the ground using a leg sweep.

Dashcam footage from Parker’s car captured the incident, which occurred in February of last year. Patel, who was later placed in handcuffs, suffered injury to his spinal cord, and “immediately became paralyzed in his arms and legs,” according to the lawsuit. He has since made substantial improvements after a long period of rehabilitation, it added.

Parker denied vehemently the allegations made against him in Patel’s first amended complaint, which was filed in Feb. 2015. The embattled officer said he only brought Patel to the ground after the man had jerked away from him multiple times while he was attempting to search him for weapons, according to court documents.

A judge allowed Patel’s civil lawsuit to continue in June after two federal civil rights trials ended in hung juries and state misdemeanor assault charges against Parker were dropped.

Madison’s motion for case dismissal contends that a reading of Patel’s complaint shows Parker’s alleged actions were intentional, not negligent. Alabama state law shields a city from liability for the intentional acts of its employees, the motion argues. Additionally, under Alabama law, the city is shielded of liability from actions which occur from employees committed with intent, and, Parker and the City of Madison would have immunity from state charges if Parker’s actions were negligent, it adds.

Filed last Monday in Alabama’s U.S. District Court for the Northern District, Patel’s complaint perpetuates its accusation of Parker’s violations of Alabama state law for illegal search and assault, false arrest and false imprisonment, and assault and battery and excessive force. However, the amended complaint is without the liability claim against the city for negligence from the three state counts.

In the place of those three, Patel’s complaint alleges Parker’s conduct “was either negligent, wanton, malicious, willful, or in bad faith.” That in addition to the allegations that Parker violated Patel’s constitutional rights against illegal seizure, unlawful search, and excessive force.

There were also two new counts added against Madison: failing to train its police officers, and employing department policies, such as police stops and weapons pat downs, that resulted in a violation of Patel’s constitutional rights.

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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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