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Charges Expected in Chicago Facebook Live Kidnapping Torture

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Chicago police say charges are expected Thursday for four people in custody for a Facebook Live video that appears to depict a group holding a young man hostage. The young man is kicked and hit, while his mouth is taped shut. The suspects in the video also shout “Fuck Donald Trump! Fuck white people!” and at one point the young man’s scalp is cut. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said the victim, who has “mental health challenges,” is recovering from his injuries after hospital treatment. Johnson called the video “sickening.” Police Cmdr. Kevin Duffin said authorities are still investigating the attack to “determine whether or not this is sincere or just stupid ranting and raving.” He said he believes it’s too soon to tell if it was genuinely racially motivated. The video has since been removed from Facebook. A spokesman told the Associated Press that the social-media platform does “not allow people to celebrate or glorify crimes on Facebook.”

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