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Israeli police under investigation for beating Tampa teen

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A Tampa teenager is still on house arrest in Israel after a brutal beating by the country's police force, and now at least one of the officers involved is suspended while the case is under investigation.

Officials at the Council of American Islamic Relations are demanding the U.S. State department to work with the Israeli government on releasing 15-year-old Tariq Abukhdeir.

His family in the U.S. is very concerned for his safety and health.

Tariq was in Israel on vacation with his family when his father claims he was watching a protest over the death of his cousin when he was handcuffed and beaten by Israeli police. That beating was caught on camera.

At an emotional press conference on Monday, the family asked for his swift return home, and they stressed while they're asking for justice, they don't want to see violent retaliation from this.

Tariq’s aunt, Sanah Abukhdeir said, "If your child or your daughter or your son was in that incident you would want them to come here as an American citizen and receive proper medical care ASAP."

Hassan Shibly with CAIR-Florida said, "The only political repercussions that we hope is the encouragement on a dialogue on how we can have more peaceful solution to the conflict there so that the violence against the Israeli children, Palestinian children will stop.”

Shibly added, “We need to stop this cycle of retaliation. The family certainly does not want any retaliation against anyone for what happened to Tariq. We want the violence to stop and end and we hope our voice will be a voice of peace.”

The family tells News Channel 8 they plan to take Tariq for a CAT scan to get a better idea of what head injuries he may have suffered.

“I just want him back so we can spend more time together again. And it’s really hard for me to see him receive that many blows to the head because that many blows to the head can cause traumatic brain injury,” said Abukhdeir.

Meanwhile, Israel police are investigating.

They claim the video was edited and Tariq was part of a violent protest.

Tariq still does not face any charges.

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