The police department said in a statement that officers “discovered signs of a struggle and damage to the property and were able to link this evidence to the disoriented male.” Chicago police officer Michael Donnelly said at a news conference on Thursday that when he found the victim of a hate crime attack streamed on Facebook Live, the victim was "bloodied and battered." (Reuters) After viewing a Facebook Live stream depicting the “battery of an adult male,” investigators said they concluded that the victim was the same person in the video.The department said that it believes the video is “credible.” The granddaughter of Lula Williams, 89, who lives on the first floor of the building, called the cops.
The footage, which Chicago’s top police officer labeled “sickening,” quickly went viral online.
The four people charged Thursday were taken into custody a day earlier.
In addition to the hate crime charges, some of them also face additional counts of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery and aggravated unlawful restraint.
Four people are in custody in Chicago after an attack on a young man with "mental health challenges" was broadcast live on Facebook.
The attackers can be heard shouting expletives about white people and Donald Trump.