7 teens, including a girl, arrested in brutal beating of Chicago boy
Chicago police have charged seven teens, including one girl, in the ruthless gang beating of a 17-year-old boy that was captured in a sickening YouTube video.
Only one of the teens was identified. Seventeen-year-old Raymond Palomino — who appears to be the only one the video not wearing a ski mask — was charged as an adult with robbery and aggravated battery, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Two 16-year-olds and three 15-year-olds, which includes the girl, were charged as juveniles with robbery and aggravated battery. Their names were not released.
Windy City police said the beating happened in a snowy alley Sunday at around 4:00 p.m. in the working-class neighborhood of Bridgeport, on the city’s South Side.
The 17-year-old victim, who is Asian, is a senior at Curie High School, the Tribune said, but hasn’t been identified.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel described the video and its graphic crime as “not tolerable.”
“It does not represent what this city’s values are and the good people of this city,” he said during a press conference, according to NBC 5 in Chicago.
The graphic video captured the mob laughing maniacally as they mercilessly pummel and stomp the defenseless boy’s head while heckling him with racial slurs.