Patel v. City of Madison

2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65876 (2018)

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Patel v. City of Madison

United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65876 (2018)

Facts

Sureshbhai Patel (plaintiff) was stopped by Eric Parker (defendant), a police officer for the City of Madison (defendant). During the arrest, Parker took Patel to the ground. Patel sued Parker and the city under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, alleging illegal search and seizure and excessive force. At trial, Patel sought to introduce the expert testimony of Dr. Cummings, a biomedical engineer. Cummings planned to offer opinion testimony about a video of the incident. Specifically, Cummings planned to testify that based on Patel’s age and size as well as torque and other various forces at play, Patel was not walking away from Parker when Parker took him down. Parker and the city objected to this opinion testimony.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Hopkins, J.)

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