Chicago police currently have four in custody over a Facebook Live video that showed a group of young black adults holding a mentally disabled young white man hostage and torturing him. Chicago police somehow seem confused on whether this should be defined as a hate crime.
During the beating, you could hear the attackers yelling “f*** Donald Trump! F*** white people!” along with other racial slurs. The victim is now being treated at the hospital for his injuries.
The video, shot by a young black woman named Brittany Herring, shows multiple people kicking and hitting the victim while he was tied up. They cut chunks from his scalp, burned him with cigarettes, and forced him to drink toilet water. Police say the young man has special-needs and had been reported missing from a nearby suburb.
According to Chicago police, the young man was kidnapped and held captive for at least 24 hours and perhaps as long as 48. He also knew one of the assailants but it doesn’t appear to be a situation involving buying drugs. The four kidnappers involved are considered adults but still in their teens.
The Chicago PD released a statement:
While on patrol Officers observes a disoriented male walking 3400 W. Lexington on January 3, 2017 who was then transported to an area hospital for treatment. At 5:26 p.m. officers then responded to a battery at a residence on the 3300 block of W. Lexington where they discovered signs of a struggle and damage to the property and where able to link this evidence to the disoriented male. Officers later became aware of a social media video depicting a battery of an adult male which is believed to be the same individual. At this point CPD believes the video is credible and detectives are questioning persons of interest in the case. The victim, whom CPD believes is from a neighboring suburb, was transported to an area hospital in stable condition. The investigation is ongoing.
CPD press conference regarding disturbing live social media video depicting a battery ; victim was tied up https://t.co/jDrjfz4sJV
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) January 5, 2017