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Alabama Governor Apologizes To Indian Government In Excessive Force Case

World  (tags: Alabama, Indian man, Patel, excessive force, suing, police, Police State )

- 1462 days ago -
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley apologized on Tuesday to the government of India for an incident, captured on a squad car's dashboard camera, in which officers slammed Mr Patel, an Indian man, to the ground. Mr Patel was helping his family with a grandchild.


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Sheryl G (359)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 5:41 am
Too many people simply standing or walking down American streets are being killed and injured. Most of the time because of their skin tone, although not always. Serious changes need to be taking place, we are living in a Police State. Since 9-11 the message has been sent out, someone not looking like you must be up to no good, perhaps a terrorist.

I think the article left the best piece of advice:

"I don't want to blame that person for making that call. But I do want to say that people have to know their neighbors — get around, meet them, see what they are about, learn their culture," says Singh. "That's what should come out of this incident."

I live in Florida, in this apartment complex I live in there are people of all ethnic backgrounds, races, religions, ages and I have gotten along with them all. Why? Because I treat everyone with the same respect as "I" want to be treated with. Is simple......really it is. All this hate, all this suspicions, all this division that has been created has made us less safe and alone in this world.

My Granddaughter plays with their children, those parents are aware of who I am, their children know who I am, I'm greeted with a smile from everyone as I greet them. They watch out for my granddaughter as I watch out for their children........a nice neighborhood. Everyone can do that. Everyone of us should be doing that. If you know of each other, you find out that the new person standing outside is their Uncle visiting from China or where-ever.

JL A (281)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 7:30 am
I would add to your wonderful words Dandelion that I am glad the governor recognized this was also an international incident.

Animae C (507)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 7:40 am
T.Y. Dandelion

Darren Woolsey (218)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 10:59 am
Totally agree with Dandelion.

Catrin Schuetz-Kroehler (47)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 12:23 pm
America has changed and not for the better, we are having Police departments arming themselves as if they are about to wage a war against a small country. What happened to the Police being a protecting and safe entity?

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 6:00 pm
Noted and shared. Just another case of out of control cops in America. I swear we'd be better off without police if they're going to abuse people like this.

Birgit W (160)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 6:37 pm
What happened to this gentleman is just outrageous. Thanks Dandelion.

Joanne D (37)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 6:45 pm
I'm very glad (if surprised) that the governor did apologize, and so broadly. Also that at least one officer was fired. But I must say it looks as though one must be a foreign national, and it must be an international incident, in order to get a bare apology if one is beaten up by cops, or one's family to get an apology if one is killed.

fly bird (26)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 11:03 pm
outrageous, ditto!

Athena F (131)
Thursday February 19, 2015, 11:56 pm
thank you

Leslie Stanick (102)
Friday February 20, 2015, 12:59 am
This poor man. I hope he recovers from his spinal cord injury. He might suffer irreparable damage. There have been too many police brutality incidents in the news this year. They need more training. Those that are racist should be barred from working for the public. They make snap judgements and assumptions that can be deadly.

Sherri G (128)
Friday February 20, 2015, 1:44 am
I agree with Dandelion, Leslie, and JL TY

Arild Gone for now (174)
Friday February 20, 2015, 2:47 am
Well said Sheryl.

Sheryl G (359)
Friday February 20, 2015, 5:12 am
It certainly appears that way Joanne.

Darlene W (289)
Friday February 20, 2015, 5:51 am
I also agree with Dandelion--thank you.

Winn A (179)
Friday February 20, 2015, 7:16 am
Thanks Sheryl - Agree with you too.

Ingrid A (524)
Friday February 20, 2015, 10:15 am
Good and I agree with you too.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday February 20, 2015, 1:45 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion. Add me to those agreeing. Such ugly divisiveness in America today. It was bad enough without the media making it even those with racist tendencies the push to do physical harm. We need to shut those detrimental voices out of the conversation completely, while punishing those who act with violence.

Diane K (134)
Saturday February 21, 2015, 5:18 am
Sad situation, shouldn't have happened. Another bad call by Police. thx Dandelion

Anne P (174)
Saturday February 21, 2015, 11:26 am
My heart goes out to poor Mr. Patel. Minding his business, taking a walk in his son's neighborhood and raising a flag because he isn't white, and doesn't speak our language. As a naturalized American, I am horrified and ashamed at the ignorance in our neighborhoods and the violence perpetrated by our police. I would tell my family members living abroad not to bother coming to America - it's way too dangerous and unstable. I will visit you instead!

Susanoffline Frudd (69)
Saturday February 21, 2015, 12:29 pm
Poor man, such terrible injuries. I agree with the comments, although I do not live in America we have similar happenings in the UK. At one time you looked up to the police and respected them believing they were there to help and support, not the case now sadly.

Liliana Garcia (203)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 6:27 pm
Once there's a call for whatever reason, it's the judgment of the officers what counts not the tone or biases remarks of the caller. I see no excuse for what was done to Mr. Pattel.

Shirley S (187)
Sunday February 22, 2015, 9:41 pm
Paranoia at it's worst !

Peter Blattner (86)
Wednesday March 4, 2015, 2:53 pm
It is very sad but me as a Swiss went in that event through your head: The United States and my super-rich, "beautiful" Switzerland have one thing in common: Both nations were made by foreigners big and rich and in both nations foreigners are often considered citizens of second class "looked at" or even worse "hated" (xenophobia).

Gina Caracci (219)
Saturday March 7, 2015, 7:53 pm
again. wth??
I have scum in my neighborhood and nothing is/can be done and this poor guy minding his business gets his spine broken.
glad the officer was fired
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