Madison Police Injure Grandfather From India For Walking In Son's Neighborhood
February 11, 2015

And you thought this type of behavior was long gone? What is wrong with people? When did walking while looking different become a crime? And why did police have to use violence on this man?

AL.com

Madison police last week roughed up a 57-year-old Indian citizen who was walking on the sidewalk outside his son's home, leaving the older man temporarily paralyzed and hospitalized with fused vertebrae.

"He was just walking on the sidewalk as he does all the time," said his son, Chirag Patel, this morning. "They put him to the ground."

No crime had been committed. Madison Police on Monday issued a statement saying the department had suspended the officer and were investigating the use of force in this case. The police statement wished the man a "speedy recovery."

I imagine the person who called it in is a die hard Fox News viewer who thought ISIS had come to Madison via a sleeper cell:

Madison police issued a statement on Monday saying they received a call early Friday about a man looking in garages among the brick homes just south of the city's new high school.

"The caller, who lives in the neighborhood did not recognize the subject and thought him to be suspicious," reads the statement released by police.

Hank Sherrod, attorney for the family, this morning said the man was not walking on other people's property nor looking in garages.

"This is broad daylight, walking down the street. There is nothing suspicious about Mr. Patel other than he has brown skin," said Sherrod.

(h/t Atrios)

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