On January 2, Chicago police on the west side of the city found a young white man apparently disoriented and in distress. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he was found to have been traumatized by being abducted and tortured for as long as two days by four black teenaged adults. The two men and two women are now in custody for repeatedly kicking, punching, as well as slashing the man's head with a knife.
One of the alleged assailants uploaded a livestream video of the incident to Facebook, which gave chilling evidence of the crime. In a press conference on January 4, Chicago police authorities said hate crime and abduction charges were being considered while the investigation goes forward.
As of the morning of January 5, police say that they do not believe that the incident was racist in nature. Instead, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said today that the four black suspects are believed to have targeted the victim because of his "special needs," not his race. However, he recognized that they had made "terrible racist statements" during the assault. The video records that one of the assailants shouted "F--- white people" and "F--- Donald Trump!" during the torture.