The reprehensible and deplorable actions where 4 individuals kidnapped, restrained, tortured an individual with mental health challenges and streamed the torture on Facebook live is absolutely a hate crime. Any time a group of people take advantage of a person with disabilities to torture them it is absolutely a hate crime. I’ve been rather silent on the incident because it disturbed me to hear information about this because I felt like just like any other situation where disabled people are assaulted, beat or murdered the prosecution doesn’t properly treat it like deplorable hate crime it is.
I am thankful the Chicago Police Department and Cook County State’s Attorney Office viewed this as the hate crime it clearly is. I hope that this sends a message throughout our country that open season on torturing, assaulting and murdering people with disabilities.