This story is just revolting:
Hate crime and kidnapping charges were filed Thursday against four people who Chicago police say bound, gagged and beat a teenager with special needs while broadcasting the attack on social media.
The brutal attack, which had political and racial connotations — the victim is white, and the suspects are black — sent shockwaves across the nation, and was even addressed at the White House press briefing Thursday.
Thirty minutes of the torturous attack were streamed live on Facebook, but authorities said it was a six-hour ordeal that evolved out of a play fight, with the victim beaten, kicked, cut and forced to drink from a toilet.
The victim, who is not being identified, is an 18-year-old with “mental health challenges” from Crystal Lake.
During the live-streamed part of the attack, these thugs said things like, “Fuck white people” and “Fuck Trump”. There’s an ongoing online debate about whether this was a hate crime or not. It’s a debate I’m not terrifically interested in. Maybe they targeted the kid because he was white, maybe they targeted him because of his mental health issues and maybe they’re just pieces of shit. What was done was brutal, vicious and sadistic. The perpetrators — all of whom are adults — deserve to have the book thrown at them regardless of what actually motivated them.
I am, generally speaking, averse to “hate crimes” as a category of crime. I won’t change that position now. Kidnapping, assault, battery, etc. are plenty charges enough to bring against these guys.