Alabama: Robert Bently the Governor of Alabama had apologized to the Indian Government over excessive use of force by a Medison Police Officer who seriously injured an Indian man in his late 60’s during a police check in the town on February 6. Sureshvai Patel was left partially paralyzed after the incident.
The Governor also ordered The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency to launch an investigation. The FBI has also launched an investigation of its own.
“I deeply regret the unfortunate use of excessive force by the Madison Police Department on Sureshbhai Patel and for the injuries sustained by Mr. Patel. I sincerely hope that Mr. Patel continues to improve and that he will regain full use of his legs,” Bentley said in a letter Tuesday to India’s general consul in Atlanta, Ajit Kumar.
“Finally, and most important, please accept our sincere apology for this tragic incident to your government, Mr. Patel, and the citizens of India who reside and work in our state,” the letter went on.
Patel, who speaks no English but was questioned by police and given orders in English regardless, was in the country to visit his son and daughter-in-law and to help care for their 17-month old child.