On Tuesday, one of the meanest and most shocking live stream videos hit Facebook out of the mean streets of Chicago. According to police reports, a mentally ill or disabled white man was tied up by four African American men – one of whom was supposedly a classmate, where was not made clear – and was tortured in ways that even the men held at Guantanamo Bay never were.
Throughout the video, the victim is repeatedly kicked and hit, his scalp is cut, all while he is tied up with his mouth taped shut.
At one point, the victim is held at knife point and told to curse President-elect Donald Trump. The group also forces the victim to drink water from a toilet.
The men are also heard talking in the background as a female accomplice filmed. In addition to profanity related to the president-elect “f— Trump!” the desire that the video go viral is expressed.
“The video is reprehensible,” said police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
“It’s sickening. You know it makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that,” Police Supt. Eddie Johnson added.
After the incident on Tuesday, January 3, the victim was found wandering the streets of Chicago in shorts, and disoriented. That alone gave police reason to stop him and make inquiries. Now that the video has been studied, toxicology tests administered and more, it is believed that the victim was actually held hostage for up to two days. It is also believed that he is acquainted with at least one of his attackers and that the motivation for the action was not political at all, just people being mean.
“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,” Supt. Johnson said.
Police claim that the victim is so traumatized by the ordeal that he is not responsive at all. Despite that, charges are expected to be filed before the end of the week, even as community activists are calling this a hate crime.
More of the actual video can be viewed here.