The videos that surfaced Wednesday of a gang of four African American youths in Chicago terrorizing and torturing a white disabled man have outraged the nation.
The hesitancy of law enforcement and the media to call the incident a “hate crime” has outraged many people even more.
The suspects threatened and tortured the young man, while streaming the whole scene on Facebook, as he cowered in a corner, bound and gagged and unable to defend himself. The attackers are heard in the video yelling, “F**k Donald Trump, n*gger, f**k white people, boy!”
After capturing the suspects and watching the video of the torture, Chicago police held a press conference Wednesday, where they said they were still “investigating” and refused to characterize the case as a “hate crime.”
“Kids make stupid mistakes, I shouldn’t call them kids, they are legally adults, but they are young adults and they make stupid decisions,” said Commander Kevin Duffin. “That certainly will be part of whether or not we seek a hate crime, determine whether or not this is sincere or stupid ranting and raving.”
— tmlm (@tml103) January 5, 2017
Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson said, “I think part of it is just stupidity. People ranting about something they think might make a headline. At this point, we don’t have anything concrete to point (toward a hate crime) but we’ll keep investigating and let the facts guide us on how this concludes.”
— Mike Cernovich 🇺🇸 (@Cernovich) January 5, 2017
Former Chicago police officer Dimitri Roberts said in a CNN interview that “hate is hate, it doesn’t have a color.” He downplayed the speculation that it had anything to do with race and said it wasn’t associated with Black Lives Matter.
He said, “These are individuals who acted alone, they were culturally ignorant and just flat-out stupid.”
He maintained that it doesn’t have anything to do with Donald Trump, and insinuated that this was just young people trying to get their message out on social media.
— CNN (@CNN) January 5, 2017
A CNN panel Wednesday evening still refused to classify this as a hate crime, in a jaw-dropping discussion.
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