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Social media video appears to show torture of man by three in Chicago

| Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017, 11:36 p.m.

CHICAGO — Social media was abuzz Wednesday night over a half-hour video that appeared to show at least one black man torturing and taunting a white man as he made disparaging remarks about President-elect Donald Trump.

The video, initially posted via Facebook Live under the account of someone named Brittany Herring, spread quickly via Twitter and under the hashtag #BLMKidnapping.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference Wednesday that four suspects are in custody. Formal charges have not been filed.

Johnson says the victim, who has “mental health challenges,” is recovering.

Johnson calls the video “sickening,” and Police Cmdr. Kevin Duffin says the suspects made “stupid decisions.”

“It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that,” Johnson said of the video. “I've been a cop for 28 years and I've seen things that you shouldn't see. It still amazes me.”

Officers were called to a residence on the city's West Side Tuesday evening where they found signs of a struggle and damaged property.

Videos of the alleged incident were posted on social media. Police say it is too soon to make a determination if the attack was racially motivated.

The video shows a woman and other people cutting the shirt off a man with his mouth taped shut, cutting the man's hair off with a knife and pushing the man's head with a foot, and while using profanity against Trump and “white people.”

The woman can be seen smoking, while arguing with someone else on the video about who might see it.

The man found Tuesday is believed to have disappeared from where he lives, met up with someone he considered a friend, and then got involved with a group of people who stole a van from Streamwood, Ill., according to police.

Soon after police found him about 5:25 p.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the home, and found signs of a struggle and property damage that they linked to the man, according to a police media notification. The victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

The officers later found out about the Facebook Live video, which shows “a battery of an adult male (who) is believed to be the same” man, and which detectives consider “credible,” according to the police release.

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