In the shaky video, a terrified young white man in a gray hooded sweatshirt and dark pants is seen crouching in a corner, his wrists and neck bound with orange bands, his mouth taped shut.
The assault went on for up to five hours, authorities said, and police found the victim — an unidentified 18-year-old from Crystal Lake, a city northwest of Chicago — wandering the streets “in distress.” A young woman films as two young men slash the sleeves of his shirt with knives and take turns punching him, slapping him and stomping on his head.
Johnson, the police superintendent, had described the victim as a man with “mental health challenges” during an earlier briefing.
About halfway through, someone says the man “represents Trump,” and threatens to put him in the trunk of a car and “put a brick on the gas.” It’s unclear what happened after the video cuts off.
Despite the comments about the president-elect, which prompted some online to refer to it as footage of a Trump supporter being attacked, police say there are no indications the attack was motivated by anything involving Trump.
All four are scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.
It was not immediately clear if they had attorneys.
“We have no evidence to suggest that the escalation of the attack was prompted by the President-elect or how the victim voted,” Anthony Guglielmi, a police spokesman, said in an email Thursday.
“It certainly was part of the reprehensible comments but not what prompted the assault.” Police officials on Thursday provided more details about what unfolded before officers found the victim walking on a Chicago street in a tank top, jean shorts and sandals, despite the city’s brutal January temperatures.After this neighbor told the group to curtail the noise or she would contact police, some of them went downstairs and “started kicking her door in,” Duffin said.Police officers were called for the report of damaged property, which enabled the 18-year-old to escape, Duffin said.(Deirdra O'Regan/The Washington Post) Authorities in Chicago charged four young African American adults with hate crimes Thursday after a video broadcast live on Facebook appeared to show them shouting obscenities about President-elect Donald Trump and white people while abusing a man authorities say has mental health problems.The footage, which Chicago’s top police officer labeled “sickening,” quickly went viral online.At one point, one man can be seen cutting the victim’s hair and scalp with a knife, and the victim is later shown bleeding from his injuries.