A 15-year-old Chicago girl, who had been missing since Sunday, was savagely raped by a gang of thugs, and the whole thing was streamed on Facebook Live.
Police on Tuesday said they are searching for five to six men or boys suspected of the attack. A nauseating 40 people watched the live video and reported nothing.
Police only learned of the attack when the girl’s mother approached police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, as he was leaving a department in the Lawndale neighborhood on the city’s West side, and showed him screen grabs of the attack late Monday afternoon. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Johnson immediately ordered detectives to investigate and the department asked Facebook to take down the video, which it did.
The superintendent was “visibly upset” when he viewed the video and was dismayed when he learned that there were “40 or so live viewers and no one thought to call the authorities,” Guglielmi said.
LOCATED: Deahvion Austin was found by 10th district officers. She is now at the Area with her mother & detectives are conducting interviews. https://t.co/1UEAiL0JYn
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) March 21, 2017
“It’s disgusting. It’s so disgusting,” the girl’s mother said, describing the apparent assault in an interview with CBS Chicago. “I didn’t want to look at it that much, but from what I saw they were pouring stuff on her and just… she was so scared.”
With the emergence of Facebook Live it has become more common for violent incidents to be streamed to the world in real time. Chicago dealt with this in January when four suspects were charged with alleged torture and beating a teen with mental health challenges that was broadcast on Facebook Live.