Charges filed against teen injured in violent arrest by Oak Lawn police

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Monday, August 1, 2022
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Hadi Abuatelah, 17, was released from Advocate Christ Medical Center and into the custody of Oak Lawn police Monday. He faces several charges.

OAK LAWN, Ill. (WLS) -- Charges have been filed against a 17-year-old boy who was injured in a violent arrest in Oak Lawn last week.

Hadi Abuatelah was released from Advocate Christ Medical Center and into police custody Monday.

He was charged with one count of felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, one count of felony resisting arrest, two counts of misdemeanor resisting arrest and one count of possession of cannabis by a passenger in a motor vehicle.

Oak Lawn police said Abuatelah has been transported to the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center for a detention hearing.

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Several people were seen protesting Abuatelah's arrest outside the Oak Lawn Police Department Monday afternoon.

The incident was captured on video after a traffic stop and shows officers punching Abuatelah in the head. Police said he would not let go of a bag, which reportedly had a gun in it.

CAIR Chicago filed a complaint against the officers Monday.

Oak Lawn police said they are cooperating with the Illinois State Police Public Integrity Task Force investigation requested by the Cook County State's Attorney's office.