Seven teens were charged for assault of a 17-year old boy that took place in an alley in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. The attack happened around 4 p.m. Sunday, January 15, 2012 in an alley behind James Ward Elementary School, located at 28th and Princeton while being recorded. The video of the beating was later posted on YouTube and became viral.
Raymond Palomino, 17-years old, of the 3500 block of South Hoyne Avenue, is the only one of the seven teens that is being charged as an adult. He will be charged with one count of robbery and one count of aggravated battery. The others are minors and names are not being released. There were two 16-year old boys, three 15-year old boys and one 15-year old girl. They have all been cited with the same charges and are in the juvenile detention center.
The YouTube video of the beating is very disturbing and hard to watch. It shows the 17-year old victim, a Curie High School senior being punched in the face, kicked, beaten with a shoe in his face and even taunted with racial slurs.
In the almost 4 minute YouTube video, you will see at one point, one of the teens holds down the victim while another one beats his face with a shoe.
The victim finally gets to his feet and pleads the attackers to “hold on.” One of the attackers shoves the victim yelling, “Don’t F*** with me F***er, you understand me?”…”I will F***ing Kill you.”
The attackers try to bring the victim back to the ground, but are unsuccessful and the victim finally escapes. He ran down the alley and into the street without any shoes with the attackers running close behind.
The attackers stole the victim’s shoes, wallet and $180 in cash. He was treated for bruises and abrasions at a hospital and he was released. Police say the crime was not racially motivated.
This latest viral beating video is among countless others on the Internet that show violent, abusive behavior. It raises concerns according to technology analyst Rob Enderle of the Enderle Group, “it becomes a kind of competition among the kids and it actually seems to promote the activity instead of mitigating it.”
YouTube’s “Community Guidelines” page says, “Graphic or gratuitous violence is not allowed.” But on YouTube’s blog it states, “Context is king.”
In a statement to ABC News, YouTube said, “While YouTube’s Community Guidelines generally prohibit graphic or violent content, we make exceptions for material with documentary, or news value. In cases where material is not suitable for younger viewers, we apply warnings and age-restrictions to safeguard our users.”
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