Chicago police arrested four people Wednesday on suspicion of kidnapping after a gruesome video of a man being beaten was posted on Facebook Live.
Video of the ordeal showed an unidentified man tied and gagged while a woman recorded. Others in the video could be heard saying “f— white people” and “f— Donald Trump.”
“It’s sickening,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said of the graphic images during a press conference Wednesday. “It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that.”
According to a statement from the Chicago Police Department provided to Business Insider, the victim appeared “disoriented” when police found him walking near the 3400 block of West Lexington Street on Wednesday. He was taken to a nearby hospital, police said.
Shortly after the video surfaced on social media, police said they were able to link the injured man to a residence nearby, where they discovered signs of a struggle and damage to the property.
The four suspects are between the ages of 18 and 19 and one of them, according to police, was a former schoolmate of the victim.
Police said they have not ruled out the possibility of a hate crime.
“We’re still investigating and if the facts guide us in that direction, we will certainly charge them appropriately,” Johnson said.
Although people in the video made statements referencing President-elect Donald Trump, who often pointed to Chicago as an example of crime-stricken neighbourhoods during his campaign, police said they do not believe the assault was politically motivated.
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