Girl, 15, apparently gang-raped on Facebook Live, police say
A 15-year-old Chicago girl appeared to be the victim of a horrifying
gang rape — by a group who streamed the attack on Facebook Live.
None of the roughly 40 people who watched the video called police
about the attack, investigators said. It’s the second time in months
that Chicago police have investigated an apparent attack streamed live
Police finally learned of the attack after the girl’s mother
approached Superintendent Eddie Johnson late Monday afternoon and showed
him screenshots of the alleged assault, spokesman Anthony Guglielmi
said. Johnson was leaving a news conference in the Lawndale
neighbourhood on the city’s West Side.
“Here’s what’s even more disturbing, more than the fact that they did
this, there were so many people that saw it and didn’t pick up the
phone to dial 911,” Johnson told WGN-TV. “That’s not right. It’s just
Johnson, who reportedly was “visibly upset” after he watched the
video, immediately ordered an investigation and the department asked
Facebook to take the video down.
The girl was reported missing after she didn’t return to her Lawndale
home after going to the store on Sunday, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Then, the girl’s uncle reportedly came across a Facebook Live video
showing a group of boys assaulting the 15-year-old.
The girl was found Tuesday morning walking four blocks from her home.
Police said she appeared to be in “good condition” and was returned to
her mother, the Tribune reported.
In January, four people were arrested after cellphone footage
streamed live on Facebook showed them allegedly taunting and beating a
mentally disabled man, reports FoxNews.com.
The suspects in that case — Jordan Hill, 18, Tesfaye Cooper, 18,
Brittany Covington, 18, and Tanishia Covington, 24 – were charged with
hate crime and battery for allegedly torturing the white man for as long
as 48 hours, while shouting racial and anti-Donald Trump slurs.