- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A Philadelphia detective escorted a man out of police headquarters and after going out of view of the security cameras kicked him in the knee hard enough to break his leg, authorities said Wednesday.

Adam O’Donnell, 43, a detective with the special victims unit, was suspended with intent to dismiss after being charged with aggravated and simple assault, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, obstructing administration of law and official oppression.

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge Five didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on O’Donnell’s behalf.

The Philadelphia district attorney’s office alleged that O’Donnell was escorting a 45-year-old man out of the special victims unit on Feb. 3 when he kicked the man in the knee.

Prosecutors said the victim was able to stand but couldn’t put any weight on the leg, and O’Donnell put him in an unmarked police vehicle and drove him to the Hunting Park neighborhood where he lives and then dropped the injured man off “on a random roadside.” The victim was later treated for a femur fracture, “continues to walk with a limp” and is still being treated, prosecutors said.

“A senseless attack on one Philadelphian is an attack on all Philadelphians,” District Attorney Seth Williams said in a statement, adding that he hopes the defendant is reminded that “when law enforcement does something to clearly hurt a complainant, it will not be tolerated and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

O’Donnell, who was hired by the department in 2006, was one of two offices injured in a shootout that ended with the death of a suspect more than five years ago. Police said the officers pulled over a minivan that ran a red light in west Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve in 2010, but the suspect opened fire when officers approached and they returned fire and killed him.

O’Donnell was hit in the stomach but was protected by his bulletproof vest and was treated at a hospital and released.

Police said Commissioner Richard Ross has suspended O’Donnell for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.



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