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Police probe Facebook footage of torture of special needs man

Police probe Facebook footage of torture of special needs man

Chicago police are investigating a gang who filmed themselves torturing a man with specials needs on Facebook Live.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said four suspects - two males and two females - were arrested over the "sickening" footage, in which the man's tormentors could be heard saying "F*** Donald Trump" and swearing about "white people".

Mr Johnson said the victim, who has "mental health challenges", is recovering.

Police said it was too soon to know whether the attack was racially motivated.

The victim is kicked in the head

Police Commander Kevin Duffin said the suspects made "stupid decisions".

When asked about the language used in the recording, he said investigators would "determine whether or not this is sincere or just stupid ranting and raving".

The video also shows bottles of alcohol in the room during the attack.

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

The video was posted on Brittany Herring’s Facebook page then later deleted 

At around the same time, officers on patrol encountered the victim in a nearby street.

Mr Duffin said the victim knew one of the suspects.

Video of the incident was initially posted on Facebook, but was later removed from the social media site.

A Facebook spokesman said the company removed the video because it does "not allow people to celebrate or glorify crimes on Facebook".