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Arab American teenager crushed by police launched to his dad and mom

Hadi Abuatelah

A viral video exhibits Hadi Abuatelah, 17, being crushed repeatedly by three cops whereas on the bottom.

Hadi Abuatelah, an Arab American teenager who was seen in a viral video being crushed repeatedly by cops whereas on the bottom throughout an arrest in Oak Lawn, Illinois, has been launched to his dad and mom.

Video printed on social media on Tuesday confirmed Abuatelah, a 17-year-old Palestinian American, strolling out of the juvenile detention whereas utilizing a strolling body after he reportedly suffered from fractures in his face and pelvis, in addition to inner bleeding in his mind.

Arab American organisations mentioned they’re demanding that cops concerned within the incident be fired and charged.

“We are demanding that the prosecutor file charges against the three officers who assaulted him and that they be fired from their positions,” Muhammad Sankari, organiser with the Chicago-based Arab American Action Network (AAAN), advised Al Jazeera.

On July 27, police sprint cam footage and a video captured by a witness confirmed Abuatelah, who was sitting within the passenger seat of a automotive, working from police throughout what seems to be a site visitors cease. The cellphone footage confirmed police later punching and hitting {the teenager} within the head and within the legs whereas he was laying on the bottom.

Police in Oak Lawn mentioned officers have been investigating the scent of marijuana coming from the automotive and that Abuatelah was carrying a gun in his bag and had tried to reach for it. They additionally say their use of drive was justified.

Excessive drive

The video went viral and sparked outrage across the nation with accusations that the police used extreme drive on {the teenager}. The video additionally angered members of the Muslim and Arab American group in Oak Lawn and close by suburbs, and dozens of individuals have held rallies to name for justice for the reason that video grew to become public.

On Monday, Abuatelah’s household and the Council on American-Islamic Relations Chicago filed a federal grievance (PDF) accusing officers of participating in a “racially motivated conspiracy to deprive plaintiff of his constitutional rights”.

According to the lawsuit, Abuatelah did flee on foot, however the three officers engaged within the extreme use of drive in the course of the arrest, inflicting him nice bodily and psychological hurt.

On Tuesday, Shady Yassin, the household’s lawyer, advised reporters that the state lawyer’s workplace had nonetheless not made a ultimate determination on whether or not or not Abuatelah can be charged.

“At this point the state’s attorney’s office is looking to see if they’re still going to proceed with the charges against Hadi,” Yassin mentioned. “Our belief is that they’re investigating this more closely because of all the circumstances,” he mentioned.

Yassin mentioned that Abuatelah’s subsequent courtroom look is in three weeks.

“We are continuing to put pressure on the Cook County State’s attorney’s office asking Kim Foxx to drop the charges against Hadi and to charge the three cops instead for the vicious beating,” Hatem Abudayyeh, govt director of AAAN, advised Al Jazeera.


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