This is the Associated Press’s innocuous report on a crime that occurred in Chicago on Tuesday, in its entirety:
Chicago police say they are investigating a video circulating on social media that shows several people beating a man at a residence.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference Wednesday that four suspects are in custody. Formal charges have not been filed.
Johnson says the victim, who has “mental health challenges,” is recovering.
Johnson calls the video “sickening,” and Police Cmdr. Kevin Duffin says the suspects made “stupid decisions.”
Officers were called to a residence on the city’s West Side Tuesday evening where they found signs of a struggle and damaged property.
Videos of the alleged incident were posted on social media. Police say it is too soon to make a determination if the attack was racially motivated.
Note that the AP makes no reference to the races of the people involved, and says it is too soon to tell whether the assault was racially motivated.
This is what actually happened:
Chicago investigators are questioning four African-Americans after a Facebook Live video shows a group of people torturing a white mentally disabled man while someone yelled “F*** Trump!” and “F*** white people!”
Chicago police were made aware of the video Tuesday afternoon. A young African American woman streamed the video live on Facebook showing at least four people holding the young white man hostage.
In the video, the victim is repeatedly kicked and hit, his scalp is cut, all while he is tied up with his mouth taped shut.
The victim is … believed to have been held hostage and tortured in an apartment in the 3400 block of West Lexington on the West Side, Guglielmi said.
This is the video, if you can stand to watch it. I am guessing it will be deleted from YouTube before long [the YouTube video has been deleted; below is the Fox32 report including a look at the video]:
The Left’s insane hatred of Donald Trump has spun out of control, and there have been far too many instances of this sort of depraved violence. I don’t want to hear another damn word about “hate crimes” against minorities supposedly inspired by Donald Trump’s campaign or election, not unless they equal this level of depravity.
UPDATE: Stung, perhaps, by the attention this post has gotten, the AP has put out a revised version of this article. The story now notes, if you read far enough:
While police officials did not confirm the races of the suspects or victim, video from Chicago media outlets appeared to show someone off-camera using profanities about “white people” and President-elect Donald Trump. The victim appeared to be white, while others shown in the video appeared to be black.
A motive for the attack, racial or otherwise, has not been determined, police said.
The AP also says that “[c]harges are expected” against the perpetrators. Good Lord, I should hope so!