Four Trump-haters are in custody after a “disturbing” and “brutal” video showing a man with “mental health challenges” being tied up, beaten and tortured was streamed live on Facebook “for the entire world to see,” Chicago Police say.
Heavy In the video, one of the attackers can be heard yelling, “f*ck Donald Trump n*gger, f*ck white people, boy.” The victim is forced at knifepoint to say “f*ck Donald Trump.” Police told WBBM-TV the victim has special needs and was a high-risk missing person from northwest suburban Crystal Lake.
The victim, who was kicked and punched and cut on his scalp, was hospitalized to be treated for his injuries. Commander Kevin Duffin said the victim is “traumatized by the incident” and it is hard for detectives to communicate with him.
Police said the victim was with the group for at least 24 hours and as many as 48 hours. Duffin said it appears he was eventually just cut free and let go, which is when he was found by patrol officers. As to whether it was a hate crime, Johnson said they are still investigating and if the facts lead them in that direction, they will file hate crime charges. (Nah uh…it’s only a hate crime when white people do it)
The 18-year-old man had last been seen by his parents on December 31, and they told police they received texts from his captors while he was with them, WLS-TV reports. His parents live in Streamwood, Illinois, a suburb in Cook County, and police there are also investigating the case.
The suspects are 18, Duffin said. “It’s sickening,” Johnson said of the video. “It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that. I’ve been a cop for 28 years and I’ve seen things you shouldn’t see in a lifetime, but it still amazes me how you still things you just shouldn’t. I’m not going to say it shocked me, but it was sickening.”
Johnson said the incident doesn’t appear to be politically motivated and said he can’t connect what happened in the video to Trump talking and tweeting about violence in Chicago.
Not everyone in the Twittersphere found this display of savagery as funny as the attackers did: