PHILADELPHIA (Feb. 17, 2016) – Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams announced that Philadelphia Police Detective Adam O’Donnell turned himself in today after being charged with Aggravated Assault (F1), Simple Assault (M2), Kidnapping (F1), Unlawful Restraint (M2), Obstructing Administration of Law (M2), and Official Oppression (M2).

On February 3, 2015, Theodore Life, Jr. (age 45) was being escorted out of the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit, located at 300 E. Hunting Park Ave., by Det. O’Donnell. Outside the view of security cameras, Det. O’Donnell grabbed Mr. Life and kicked him once in the knee. After falling to the ground in pain, Life regained his composure and found that he could stand but could not put any weight on his leg. Det. O’Donnell then put Mr. Life in an unmarked police vehicle and drove him to the Hunting Park section of the City where he dropped the injured Mr. Life off on a random roadside.

“A senseless attack on one Philadelphian is an attack on all Philadelphians,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “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.”

Mr. Life was unable to walk because of the pain, so he called his father to find him and drive him to the hospital. Mr. Life was treated at Albert Einstein Medical Center and Abington Memorial Hospital for a non-displaced femur fracture. As a result of his injuries, Mr. Life continues to walk with a limp and continues to undergo treatment.

Adam O’Donnell (date of birth: November 1, 1972) was hired by the Philadelphia Police Department in 2006.


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