Four Chicago teens are in custody after broadcasting a video of a missing white man who was allegedly kidnapped and tortured by said teens.
Brittany Herring, an 18-year-old female, uploaded a video on Facebook showing a mentally challenged Trump supporter tied up in the corner and tortured. The victim’s head was cut, he had cigarette ashes thrown on him, and the teens can be seen laughing at the victim’s pain, feeling no remorse.
A graphic video with cursing and violence can be seen below. YouTube has removed the video twice now, so this one may not be available long.
At one point in the video, the teens can be heard yelling “F**k Donald Trump & ‘F*ck White People,” demanding that the man denounce Donald Trump. In a separate video, he is forced to drink toilet water.
While on patrol, officers found the disoriented victim in the neighborhood where he was held. The officers say the victim was taken to an apartment on 3400 block of West Lexington Street. The victim was then taken to the local hospital to be treated for his injuries after being held captive for 48 hours. Right now, the victim is too traumatized to give a complete testimony on the incident.
It took the victim most of the night before he could speak with officers, police said. However, he is recovering and speaking with his family.
“He is an acquaintance of one of these subjects,” Chicago Police Cmdr. Kevin Duffin said of the victim. “Apparently, they met out in the suburbs. These subjects then stole a van out in the suburbs and then brought him into Chicago.”
Police officers said they expect the teenagers will be charged.
Because the victim is white and the people in the video are black, police also are investigating whether hate crime charges are appropriate, Duffin said.
"Although they are adults, they're 18. Kids make stupid decisions -- I shouldn't call them kids; they're legally adults, but they're young adults, and they make stupid decisions," Duffin said.
"That certainly will be part of whether or not ... we seek a hate crime, to determine whether or not this is sincere or just stupid ranting and raving."
Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson believed that it was possible that the racially charged statements merely people "ranting about something they think might make a headline." Additionally, he did not believe that the attack was politically motivated.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi emphasized Thursday that at this time, the investigation has not revealed a racial or political motive.