On Wednesday, horrific video surfaced of a group of black people torturing a mentally ill white man after kidnapping him from a Chicago suburb, and police later made an utterly astonishing claim during a press conference about the incident.
According to Breitbart News, the video shows the assailants beating a physically restrained man while saying “f-k Trump” and “f-k white people,” and at one point they even slashed the man’s face. Police arrested four people in connection with the horrifying crime, two adult black males and two adult black females, and late held a press conference where they made a jaw-dropping claim about their possible motivations.
While we all know that if the situation were reversed, the media and police alike would immediately classify the kidnapping and torture as a hate crime and proceed accordingly, in this particular instance the police chief seems to think these “kids” just made a “stupid” decision.
CPD press conference regarding disturbing live social media video depicting a battery ; victim was tied up https://t.co/jDrjfz4sJV
— Chicago Police (@Chicago_Police) January 5, 2017
Breitbart has more:
Asked if the videotaped incident would be considered a hate crime, police superintendent Eddie Johnson said that “If the facts guide us in that direction, then we’ll certainly charge them appropriately.”
Johnson called the video “sickening”: “It’s sickening. It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that. I’ve been a cop for 28 years and I’ve seen things you shouldn’t see in a lifetime. It still amazes me how you still see things you just shouldn’t. So I’m not going to say it shocked me, but it was sickening.”
Another reporter asked about things said in the video of the attack about white people and Donald Trump. “You know, although they are adults, they’re 18,” Duffin said. “Kids make stupid decisions — I shouldn’t call them kids, they’re legally adults, but they’re young adults and they make stupid decisions. That certainly will be part of whether or not a hate crime is — seek a hate crime and determine whether or not this is sincere or just ranting and raving.”
Asked if police have a motive for the attack, Duffin said they “have not.”
Isn’t that something? According to Chicago law, a hate crime is committed when, “by reason of the actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, or national origin” are a part of the motivating factors for the suspects.
— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) January 5, 2017
Apparently to the Chicago Police, saying “f-k white people” during the commission of a violent crime on video isn’t enough evidence to immediately move for hate crime charges.