Four black teens from Chicago have been arrested and are facing possible federal hate crime charges after a sickening video was posted on Facebook Live which shows a mentally-handicapped white man being held hostage and brutally tortured, while his attackers hurled racial slurs and anti-Trump insults at their victim, who is later forced to profess his love for black people.
Two black men and two black women, all believed to be 18 years of age, and all who appear to have some level of involvement with the #Black Lives Matter movement, were arrested on Wednesday by Chicago police after the 30-minute video was brought to their attention.
Victim forced to drink from toilet
According to multiple news sources ranging from Fox News to the UK's Daily Mail, the video was originally uploaded by #Brittany Herring, one of the victim's abductors. The blood-boiling video shows a white man with special needs being held hostage, with his arms tied together and his mouth taped shut, inside a West Side apartment on the 3400 block of West Lexington. The footage shows the victim being punched and kicked until his scalp gushes blood, while another video uploaded to Facebook shows the victim being made to drink water from a toilet. In the video, one of the perpetrators can be heard shouting "f--- Donald Trump! F---- white people!"
Commander Kevin Duffin of the Chicago Police Department stated that the victim had attended school with one of his attackers. "They met out in the suburbs," said Duffin, as reported by the Daily Mail. "These subjects then stole a van out in the suburbs and then brought him into Chicago." The victim was found wandering the streets in a disoriented state and was later taken to a local hospital, where he was treated and released.
Authorities reluctant to classify attack as hate crime
Police refused to say whether or not the attack would be prosecuted as a hate crime, though, according to multiple media outlets, such as Magafeed, Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, who is also black, downplayed the seriousness of the brutal kidnapping and assault, stating, "Kids make stupid mistakes." #BLMkidnapping