GoFundMe Campaign Raises Money for Man Tortured in Facebook Live Video


Late last night, Chicago police detained four individuals relating to the torture of a mentally disabled man, an act of violence that was broadcast across the internet. 

Today, the internet is responding with kindness.

A GoFundMe campaign started by redditor razorsheldon on the r/UpliftingNews community aims to raise $5,000 for the victim, an 18-year-old from a suburb of Chicago. 

“For those of you who have seen the recent horrific [Facebook] live video of the young special needs victim tied up,”razorsheldon wrote, “your immediate reaction is complete disgust and your second reaction is to want to help this young man.”

Help the community has. Six hours into the GoFundMe, over 130 people have donated nearly $2,200. 

The identity of the victim has not been released, but Chicago police said he was treated at a local hospital and is now resting with his parents. 

As of Thursday morning, no charges have been filed against the four detained. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that police were reviewing the incident and that it is possible hate-crime charges could be filed. 

In the video, where the victim is attacked with a knife and forced to drink from a toilet, the alleged perpetrators can be heard spewing anti-Donald Trump profanity as well vitriol toward “white people.” 

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