Four young African American adults are charged with hate crime. A video broadcast live on Facebook appeared to show them shouting obscenities about President-elect Donald Trump and white people while abusing a man authorities say has mental health problems.
Far from home in the freezing cold, the bloodied and beaten suburban man wearing nothing but an inside-out tank top, sandals and jean shorts hobbled down a dark West Side street alone.
A Chicago Police officer patrolling the neighborhood at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday spotted him in the 3400 block of West Lexington Street and pulled over to find out what happened. He didn’t get many answers.
“He was very discombobulated,” said Officer Michael Donnelly. “He was angered. He was confused.”
Donnelly radioed for an ambulance and soon learned the man was mentally disabled and had been reported missing in suburban Streamwood days earlier.
Little did he know the man had just escaped after being kidnapped, bound and tortured for hours in a horrific, racially-charged attack live-streamed on Facebook for all his abusers’ friends to see. It was an attack that stunned Chicago and was watched around the nation.
It started, police said, as two former classmates hanging out for days starting on New Year’s Eve. But after days together, a playfight between the victim and his friend escalated into the very real abuse shown online. Three others joined in, including two sisters who lived in the apartment where it happened, police said.
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