The predominant story in the USA over the last twenty four hours that has dominated the headlines was the live streamed torture of a mentally challenged Chicago man by a group of four anti-Trump suspects.
The heinous acts were live streamed on Facebook which resulted in the identification of the suspects.
During the video, the suspects can be heard saying “f**k Donald Trump” and “f**k white people.” Drug use was also present during the live stream.
There has been a lot of talk over the last day about whether the suspects committed a “hate crime,” that is, a crime motivated by a prejudice against race, sexuality, etc.
Traditionally, hate crime laws have been applied when minorities, not white males, are the victims of crimes. There has even been talk by some commentators today that it’s basically not possible to commit a hate crime against a white male.
One CNN commentator said, “I just want to remind folks that we cannot sit here and ignore that, at least for the last year, on very public display, the worst parts of America have been brought from the fringe into the mainstream,” Symone Sanders told a panel hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon. “So, that affects people on both sides… Everybody knows who Donald Trump is.”
“That is not a hate crime,” she added. “Hate crimes are because of a person’s racial ethnicity, their religion, their gender, a disability, it isn’t your political leanings, because someone doesn’t like your political leanings and they do something bad to you, that is not a hate crime.”
However, it would seem that the Chicago Police Department is in disagreement with Sanders. Just a few minutes ago, the Chicago PD tweeted the following post showing mugshots of the four suspects and announcing that they will be charged with hate crimes:
Presumably, the suspects are being charged with state and/or local hate crime ordinances right now. However, federal law also allows for the prosecution of hate crimes so it is conceivable the federal government could get involved in future charges. This could especially be true under a Trump Administration Department of Justice.
Welll some schools hav a anule Beat A White kid day this started 7 years a go and we cant forget the knock out game with the same group of Hood Rat Thuge , these thugs live like rats hiding in there rat hole ghettos and only come out to Rob, steal, and Murder, Black parents take such good care of there baby hood rats,and don't blame the parents of the thugs that run wild in the streets it is White people fault ?
It is a HATE CRIME - - - a hate crime against President Trump - - -
Hope and pray the parents of this young man goes after these young adults and their parents . . . .
Those punks should NOT be allowed to get away with this! I hope the victim is getting medical and mental help. This is going to stay with him the rest of his life so those punks should PAY for this the rest of their lives. How much you wanna bet obama is going to pardon them?
No Way : obama will stay away from this he is not that dumb, We will wait for the trial and see how white justice work's in this city.
BLACK ISN'T AS BEAUTIFUL AS THEY SAY IT IS !!! . EVIL PERSONIFIED
Now let's see what real justice looks like....they will know what real remorse and pay back feels like.
It is pure Black Racism taught by bad parents and 80 years of Democratic Party Control of Chicago. But, they blame it on the police or just all white people.
These four are evil ADULTS!!! Yes, ADULTS - one is 24 and the other three are 18. They're not young teens, young kids, they are adults behaving worse than animals.
I really wish people would quit referring to people acting like animals. It's people that act that way not animals. But I agree that they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law
Right, Janet, most animals do not act like these Monsters.