Four Arrested For Kidnapping, Torturing Special Needs Man On Facebook Live [VIDEO]
A graphic video showing a special-needs man in Chicago being kidnapped, beaten and tortured has led to the arrest of four people connected with the attack.
The assailants can be heard cursing white people and President-elect Donald Trump.
F–k Donald Trump, n—a! F–k white people, boy! F–k white people, boy!
The video was streamed using Facebook Live by a woman identified on the social media platform as Brittany Herring. The man is seen tied up with tape over his mouth while he is slumped in the corner of a room.
The assailants laughed and mocked commenters who warned them that their actions were being reported to police. When another commenter told them what they were doing wasn't funny they quickly snapped back at her that it was.
According to CBS Chicago, the man was
peppered with cigarette ashes, and then his hair cut with a knife until his scalp bled.
The special needs man was found later by officers as he wandered a Chicago street. Visibly disoriented, the man was so traumatized by the incident it took a significant amount of time for him to calm down in order to explain what happened to police.
The suspects—two men and two women, all age 18—are currently in custody awaiting formal charges. Because the victim is white and the people who tortured him are black—coupled with the context of the abusive language that can be clearly heard in the video, police are considering hate crime charges.
Facebook has yanked the original video, citing that it goes against their policy.
We do not allow people to celebrate or glorify crimes on Facebook and have removed the original video for this reason. In many instances, though, when people share this type of content, they are doing so to condemn violence or raise awareness about it. In that case, the video would be allowed.
CNN is reporting that the kidnapped man was reported missing since Monday when his parents told police they had not heard from their son since dropping him off on Saturday at a McDonald's restaurant.
After the victim was reported missing his parents told police they began getting text messages from someone "claiming to be holding him captive." On Tuesday Chicago officers responded to a battery call at a residence in the area where the victim had been found. There were signs of a struggle and property damage. After viewing the Facebook video, they determined the victim was the man found on the street -- and the people arrested were involved
Authorities believe the victim may have been with the suspects for at least 24 hours.
Clearly, this behavior is not okay and far too often in situations similar to this the punishment never seems to fit the crime. The problem with that is that subsequently, no one fears the consequences which means we often see same type of incident repeated time and time again.
Anyone with a wifi connection and a Facebook page can relate to what I'm saying here.
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