In what has to be one of the worst hate crimes I’ve recently seen, a young special needs teenager, who’s white, was kidnapped and tortured over a period of 48 hours by four black adults in Chicago.
Chicago, which happened to have one of the most violent years on record in the entire US history, had a whopping 795 Homicides and 4,378 people shot. What’s drawing the ire of many on social media was the way Chicago police handled questions surrounding the crime.
Warning this is extremely graphic and may be difficult to watch.
Just for context, remember, the 4 perpetrators were all black and over the ages of 18 (2 males and 2 females), the victim was a special needs teenager, also over 18. They kidnapped him while he was walking in a neighborhood using a stolen van, and drove him to the 3400 block of West Lexington on Chicago’s West Side,” according to police.
They kept the man bound and gagged who was repeatedly kicked and hit while being forced, under duress, to denounce white people and President Elect Donald Trump by saying “fuck Donald Trump” and “fuck white people” as they forced him to drink toilet water and cut his scalp while ashing their joints into the wounds and streaming it live on Facebook, but that doesn’t bother Mark Zuckerburg.
For an organization that puts users in Facebook timeout for content it “deems” offensive such as satirical memes or speech, you’d think the “Facebook Police” would have been on top of this the moment it happened. But nope, they didn’t catch it and haven’t even issued a statement regarding the case.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, also black and a political appointee of Rahm “Rambo” Emmanuel, the beleaguered city’s mayor, said the following “I don’t think the crime was politically motivated, even though the teenagers in the video bring up Donald Trump in incendiary terms. “I think some of its just stupidity,” he said in the news conference. “You know, people just ranting about something they think might make a headline. At this point, we don’t have anything concrete to point us in that direction (of a hate crime), but we will keep investigating.” Keep that in mind.
Ok let me inject some further commentary here, as a former police officer, we used elements of crimes in determining the best and most appropriate charges to book people for crimes, it was basically if this then that in justifying charges filed. Once in the system the District Attorney later could add or drop charges that were more applicable to the case. Here we had the following based on Chicago PD’s own categories for Aggravated Battery:
Aggravated Battery (04B)
(Crimes Against Persons)
Definition: An unlawful attack by one person upon another wherein the offender uses a weapon or the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, and severe laceration.
This charge was most applicable based on the facts of the case, as we know them from what occurred to the victim.
- An unlawful attack by a person/s upon another, yes.
- Offenders used weapons (knife), yes.
- Victim suffered obvious bodily injury or severe laceration, yes.
Now take it one step further, per the city of Chicago’s own definition of a hate crime it is:
Acts of bigotry, and are committed because of the intended victim’s actual or perceived ancestry, color, creed, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability (including HIV status), or national origin. Hate crimes not only harm the victim, but also the group in which the targeted member belongs.
Hate crimes can only be charged when another crime such as battery, assault, aggravated assault, criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to vehicle or to real property, mob action, looting, disorderly conduct or harassment by telephone occurs and a specific hate motive is established. Hate Crime is a Class 4 felony. If a convicted hate crime offender receives a probationary sentence, the court may also impose community service hours.
This is commonly referred to as an enhancement crime, or additional acts with certain elements that if presented in the case, allow the sentencing judge to increase or “enhance” the sentence that normally applies to the crime.
So who’s to blame here, well let’s use certain elements to figure that out, just as police officers do when on the street. Did Facebook enable this to be live-streamed? Yes! Was it a hate crime per Chicago’s own definition and website, and did the commissioner not acknowledge that it was a hate crime by saying, “They’re adults and make stupid decisions.” Yes! If this was a black special needs person being held captive by 4 four white people that did the same thing, would Rahm Emmanuel be up in front of the cameras screaming it was a hate crime, more probably yes than no? So yes!
So there you have it, the silence is deafening from the mayor of the most violent city in the US that has the strictest gun laws, whose citizenry spew some of the worst vitriol hate speech directed at the white people while carrying out crimes and streaming it live on Facebook. I bet the outgoing President won’t say anything either, nor move back to his beloved Chicago, yep you guessed it, he’s staying put in a mansion in D.C.