As a sickening video of four people abusing what Chicago police have called a mentally disabled young man made the rounds of the internet on Wednesday, Fox News host Megyn Kelly said the attack needs to be seen in the wider context of 21st century American life.
The 30-minute video shows several young people torturing the man, cutting his shirt off with his mouth taped shut, kicking his head back, and slicing off some of his hair and drawing blood. Chicago police have detained four black males suspected of attacking the white victim.
Kelly said the Facebook Live video may be more than just one isolated case.
“Does this one act — this disgusting, awful, criminal act — is it any sort of a larger statement on who we are as a people?” Kelly said. “Or are these just thugs — not young people making stupid decisions. No! Thugs who are torturing a man. But does it say something about us as Americans?”
The video shows the young man’s assailants saying, “F— Donald Trump,” and “F— white people, boy.”
Commander Kevin Duffin of the Chicago police has said they are uncertain whether the incident was a hate crime “or just stupid ranting and raving.”.
“Although they are adults, they’re 18,” Duffin said. “They’re young adults and they make stupid decisions.”
However, David Wohl told Kelly Wednesday night that the case was a hate crime.
“What’s going to happen here is, if they only prosecute it regarding the state crimes and they leave the hate crime enhancement out, don’t forget who’s going to be the attorney general of the United States in a couple of months, Jeff Sessions,” Wohl said.
“I guarantee you he takes this very seriously. This could easily turn into a federal civil rights prosecution, along with several other piggy-backing federal crimes, and the hate crime would definitely be included,” he said.
“They need to take this very seriously,” Wohl continued. “They can’t allow political correctness to dictate the prosecution.”
Wohl’s comments on Kelly’s show were echoed by a community activist from Chicago.
“In so many ways this was a hate crime because of what they said to him — saying he’s with Trump. When you make a person say, ‘I love black people,’ that’s a hate crime all the way,” said Andrew Holmes, who said he hopes the video does not spark a backlash.
“Let the chips fall where they may, and let the judicial system work,” he said.
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