Israel charges police officer who hit a Palestinian-American teen during violent protest

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Israel's Justice Ministry says police have charged an officer who was filmed beating a Palestinian-American teenager during a violent protest in July.

The ministry said Wednesday a police investigation concluded that "evidence was found supporting the guilt of the police officer suspected of severe violent crimes."

Tariq Abu Khdeir, who lives in Tampa, Florida, was beaten at an east Jerusalem protest that followed the gruesome death of his cousin. Israel said the 15 year old was "taking an active part in the riot." Tariq Abu Khdeir denied any wrongdoing.

His cousin, 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was burned to death by Israeli extremists in revenge for the killings of three Israeli teens in the West Bank. Their deaths set off a chain of events that led to the Gaza war.