Tariq Abu Khdeir, 15, the Florida teen who was injured by Israeli police during the funeral of his cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was released Sunday. Tariq's face appears swollen and the teen has two black eyes.
The U.S. State Department Saturday confirmed the teen was being held in Jerusalem. According to the initial reports, Tariq Khdeir was arrested during the funeral of his cousin and amateur video of the alleged beating by Israeli police was posted on YouTube. Micky Rosenfeld, Israeli police spokesman, said the teen attacked officers during the protests while Khdeir's family said he was only watching the funeral. Rosenfeld also said the video was edited.
The State Department said in its statement: "We are calling for a speedy, transparent and credible investigation and full accountability for any excessive use of force. We reiterate our grave concern about the increasing violent incidents, and call on all sides to take steps to restore calm and prevent harm to innocents."
Khdeir, of Palestinian descent and attending school in Tampa, Florida, was released Sunday. NBC News reports Khdeir was released and not charged with any crime but his parents were fined $877. Khdeir will have to spend nine days under house arrest before returning to Florida July 16, Reuters reported
After being released, Khdeir said, "I feel better, I am excited to be back home," the Associated Press reported. A video of Tariq Khdeir's release, posted by NBC News foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin, can be viewed below.
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