A group of boys allegedly raped a 15-year-old Chicago girl and streamed the attack live on Facebook, while roughly 40 people watched the savage assault live and did nothing about it.
Fox News reports that police only discovered what had happened after the girl’s mother approached Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson as he was leaving a news conference at the 10th District police station in the Lawndale neighborhood late Monday.
The girl’s mother showed Johnson screenshots of the alleged assault, according to Johnson’s spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. Johnson told WGN-TV, “What’s even more disturbing, more than the fact that they did this, there were so many people that saw this and they didn’t pick up the phone and dial 911. That’s just not right and (we’re) working on it and trying to bring it to a successful resolution.”
Johnson ordered an investigation and the police department asked Facebook to pull the video off the Internet. Her mother showed WGN News four screen grabs that WGN reported are too graphic for TV.
The Chicago Tribune stated that the girl, a Lane Tech freshman, was reported missing after she didn’t return to her Lawndale home after going to the store. The girl’s uncle reportedly saw the Facebook Live video showing the boys raping his niece. The girl wasn’t found until Tuesday morning. Police said she appeared to be in “good condition” and was returned to her mother.
On Monday, before the girl was found, the mother said, “I just want her home. I just want to make sure she’s ok cause I know she’s probably scared and embarrassed. I just want her back home.”
“What’s even more disturbing, more than the fact that they did this, there were so many people that saw this and they didn’t pick up the phone and dial 911."
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson
This is the latest in a spate of incidents in which violent acts were committed and either streamed live or posted on the Internet, including the brutal murder in 2015 of two white ex-colleagues by a black reporter who posted the video online, and the beating of a white delivery man by four black suspects that was streamed on Facebook Live in early January.