A Philadelphia police detective has been charged after allegedly kicking a man in the knee and breaking his leg last year.
Detective Adam O’Donnell, 43, a nine-year veteran of the force, surrendered to authorities Wednesday to face charges including aggravated assault, kidnapping, unlawful restraint, and official oppression, in the Feb. 3, 2015, incident outside Special Victims Unit headquarters.
According to the District Attorney’s Office, O’Donnell escorted Theodore Life Jr., 45, out of the building at 300 E. Hunting Park Ave., and, once outside the view of security cameras, kicked him once in a knee. After Life got back on his feet, officials said, O’Donnell put him in an unmarked police car and dropped him off at a random location.
Life had a non-displaced femur fracture, and still walks with a limp, the officials said.
“A senseless attack on one Philadelphian is an attack on all Philadelphians,” District Attorney Seth Williams said in a statement. “I also hope that by charging Mr. O’Donnell, he not only understands the severity of his crime but 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.”
Police Commissioner Richard Ross has suspended O’Donnell for 30 days with the intent to dismiss.
O’Donnell and his partner got in a New Year’s Eve shootout in West Philadelphia in 2010. O’Donnell caught a bullet in his bulletproof vest, leaving him with a bruised lung. The officers killed an armed civilian, a motorist later identified as Darryl Moore, whom they had pulled over for running a red light.