Another shocking report of politically and racially motivated violence is coming out of Chicago this week after a man with disabilities was tortured by a group of anti-Trump young adults.
The Chicago Tribune reports police have in custody four people who were shown in a Facebook video beating and cutting the man and yelling “F— Donald Trump” and “F— white people.” Police said they are considering charging the four young adults, who, in the video, appear to be black, with a hate crime. The man with disabilities appears to be white in the video.
According to the report, the parents of the 18-year-old man who has mental disabilities reported him missing on Monday. Later, police discovered a video on Facebook showing him crouching in a corner with his wrists bound and his mouth taped shut.
The video showed two men cutting the disabled man’s shirt, hair and scalp, punching him and stomping on his head. Two women also were in the video. At one point during the Facebook Live video, someone shouted obscenities against Trump and white people.
At another point in the video, someone threatened to put the young man into the trunk of a car and “put a brick on the gas,” because the man “represents Trump,” according to the Washington Post.
Police said they later found the young man walking down the street in shorts in the cold and clearly in distress. He was taken to the hospital, treated for cuts and burns and later released to his family, police told reporters.
“It’s sickening. It makes you wonder what would make individuals treat somebody like that,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. “It still amazes me how you still see things that you just shouldn’t. I’m not going to say it shocked me, but it was sickening.”
Police said they are not sure whether the young man was kidnapped. They said he is very traumatized, and investigators have had a difficult time communicating with him.
The violence and threats of violence against those perceived to have voted for Trump, conservatives, whites and pro-lifers have reached disturbing levels in the past year.
In the days after Trump won the election, violence erupted in major cities across the U.S., leading to more than 100 arrests. News reports indicate the worst riots were in Portland, Oregon and Oakland, California, but protesters online also posted a flood of death threats against the Republican candidate. Others vandalized buildings, broke windows and sprayed graffiti messages with more death threats and profanity. Some people carried effigies of Trump with a bloody head or on a noose.
Protesters set fires in the street, burning American flags and other objects, attacked police and shut down highways during the mass riots. Police said they arrested at least 100 people at anti-Trump rallies, according to the Washington Post.
A Fox News report questioned whether the Planned Parenthood abortion business was hiring protesters for the violent anti-Trump rallies.
Photos showed a number of protesters carrying signs encouraging more protests during Trump’s inauguration in January.