UPDATE: The four suspects are also being charged with battery.
BREAKING: Hate crime, battery charges filed against four black suspects accused in beating of white man streamed live on Facebook.— The Associated Press (@AP) January 5, 2017
Chicago police have determined that the kidnapping and torture of a white male with special needs, which was aired on Facebook live, falls under the category of a hate crime. Four African-American teenagers were arrested after the shocking footage surfaced. In the video, the suspects are seen beating and gagging the suspect, while shouting expletives at him.
A Fox News analyst noted on Thursday that the teens could face up to 30 years in prison.
Their victim had special needs and was a high-risk missing person.