Four teens were arrested by Chicago police on Wednesday, after broadcasting a torturing video on Facebook Live of beating and torturing a bound and gagged teenager with mental disability while they yelled anti- white expletives.
According to the Police, the victim is an 18 year old teengaer with special need, who was taken from the suburbs. They found this disoriented young man wandering around the streets on Wednesday afternoon, from where he was taken to the nearby hospital.
Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson mentioned in a statement that, the officers responded to a battery call near a resident where the victim was found and noticed the signs of struggle and property damage.
Right after viewing the video they determined him to be the man found on the streets and that the suspects involved were arrested .
Johnson said in a statement:
I think some of it is just stupidity, people just ranting about something that they think might make a headline,”. “I don’t think that at this point we have anything concrete to really point us in that direction, but we’ll keep investigating and we’ll let the facts guide us on how this concludes.
Authorities added that the victim was kept tied up with his mouth taped in an apartment on the city’s west side. The video broadcasted shows that the victim was repeatedly kicked and hit, while his scalp was cut.
We’re still investigating it and if the facts guide us in that [hate-crime] direction then we’ll certainly charge them appropriately.
Chicago Police Tweeted:
Regarding the disturbing video that surfaced on social media of a battery: Incident is under investigation/suspects are being questioned pic.twitter.com/GGi3qs9rGv
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) 4 January 2017
The video was no longer found on the Facebook profile of the suspect. It is yet not clear if Facebook took it down.
As per the community standards, Facebook removes the content, disables the accounts and then works with law enforcement in cases of a genuine risk of direct harm or any physical harm to public safety.
Whereas, In case a live stream starts blowing up, the staffers monitor the content for its possible violation and interrupts it if needed.