A young woman who broadcast the beating of a man on Facebook Live has been arrested with three others in connection with the gruesome attack, Chicago Police said Wednesday.
The disturbing 30-minute video shows a man tied up and his mouth covered, cowering in the corner of a room. His attackers laugh and shout “f*ck Donald Trump” and “f*ck white people” as they kick and punch him and cut into his forehead with a knife.
Social media was abuzz Wednesday night over a half-hour video that appeared to show at least one black man torturing and taunting a white man and making disparaging remarks about President-elect Donald Trump.
The video, initially posted via Facebook Live under the account of someone named Brittany Herring, spread quickly via Twitter and under the hashtag #BLMKidnapping.
BLM is an apparent reference to the social justice group Black Lives Matter, which did not appear to have any connection to the video.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a News conference Wednesday that four suspects are in custody. Formal charges have not been filed.Johnson says the victim, who has “mental health challenges,” is recovering.
Police said in a statement that the victim was in stable condition and they believe he is from a Chicago suburb.
Johnson calls the video “sickening,” and Police Cmdr. Kevin Duffin says the suspects made “stupid decisions.”
In an earlier statement, Chicago police said officers were called to a residence on the city’s West Side Tuesday evening where they found signs of a struggle and damaged property.
Officers said they later became aware of the video circulating on social media.Police say it is too soon to make a determination if the attack was racially motivated.
Many social media users, however, likened the incident to a hate crime and said race was the motivating factor.Herring did not immediately respond to a message sent to her via Facebook inbox.
In the earlier statement, Chicago police said they spotted a disoriented male on the street and took him to a hospital in stable condition. They believe he is the same person seen being tortured in the video, tied up and sitting in a corner.
In the video, a male is seen slicing open the victim’s jacket sleeve and also fingering a bleeding wound on the top of his head. A woman in the video laughs at the activity during the video.
Investigators will “determine whether or not this is sincere or just stupid ranting and raving,” Duffin said when asked about the language used in the recording.