Law enforcers in Chicago have apprehended four African-Americans who reportedly kidnapped and tortured a mentally disabled white teen. During the male victim’s ordeal, which was posted as a Facebook Live video, the suspects were yelling “F*ck Trump” and “F*ck white people” while they were torturing him.
The video, which was obtained by Fox 32, was streamed on Facebook by a black female. It shows the victim, who was tied up with tape around his mouth, getting kicked and beaten by at least four black individuals. As the suspects were torturing the victim, a woman can be heard laughing in the background while some of her male cohorts were screaming profanities against whites and President-elect Donald Trump.
According to Anthony Guglielmi, the spokesman for the Chicago Police, law enforcers saw the video on Tuesday afternoon. During the same day, they spotted the victim walking along West Side and appeared to be disoriented.
The victim was immediately taken to a local hospital after he was picked up by the police. Following their investigation, detectives said the victim was a classmate of one of the suspects. They believe he was kidnapped by the suspects in Streamwood using a stolen vehicle and taken to an apartment in West Lexington on the West Side. The detectives said he may have been held captive by the suspects for 24 to 48 hours.
The law enforcers are still carrying out their investigation on the matter but noted that the suspects will most likely be charged with kidnapping. Other charges could also be filed against them depending on the victim’s testimony.
“It’s quite a possibility that this is a kidnapping and that’s certainly one of the charges we’ll be seeking if it turns out to be that,” Commander Kevin Duffin of the Chicago Police said. “But, he’s traumatized by the incident and it’s tough to communicate with him at this point.”
Despite the profanities made against Trump by the suspects, it is not yet clear if the suspects’ actions were politically motivated. However, a community activist in Chicago has labeled the act as a hate crime.