Teen arrest controversy: Oak Lawn Board says 'respect for law enforcement only way to end these incidents'

Published July 30, 2022 4:05PM OAK LAWN, Illinois - The Oak Lawn Board of Trustees said in a statement on Saturday that they "commend our officers'...

July 31, 2022
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Published July 30, 2022 4:05PM OAK LAWN, Illinois - The Oak Lawn Board of Trustees said in a statement on Saturday that they "commend our officers' decision to use less than lethal force" when arresting a teenager who allegedly had a gun. Video of the incident has gone viral, showing Oak Lawn police repeatedly punching Hadi Abuatelah, 17. His family says he suffered a broken nose, bruising throughout his body and bleeding near his brain. Dashcam video was released Thursday by Oak Lawn police. Saturday's statement from the Oak Lawn Board of Trustees reads: The Oak Lawn Board of Trustees strongly supports the members of our Police Department and are committed to protecting the lives and livelihoods of all who live, do business in, and visit Oak Lawn.

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