Police in Chicago are examining a Facebook Live video that showed a group of black men and women holding a young white man hostage. The amateur video showed the white man bound and gagged while cowering in the corner of a darkened room.
 
Law enforcement currently has four persons in custody after being made aware of the video on January 3. The video appeared on the Facebook account of “Brittany Herring.” The video depicts a young black woman, while offscreen a male voice can be heard. There was at least one of black female in the video. Other people can be seen laughing and eating during the attack. A male assailant can be seen cutting the sleeves off the victim's sweatshirt.
 
The video shows that the young white man is repeatedly struck and kicked, while his scalp is also cut with a knife. A voice can be heard yelling, "F*** Donald Trump! F*** white people!" The victim was later treated for his injuries at a local hospital. No charges against the assailants have been announced.
 
The incident occurred on January 3 on West Lexington on the west side of Chicago. According to CBS2-Chicago, the white victim has special needs. Police in Crystal Lake, a suburb of Chicago, considered him a high-risk missing person. The said that he went to Carol Stream, outside of Chicago, where they met a friend. After stealing a car, they drove to the West Side of the windy city, where the attack allegedly occurred.
 

 



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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